GUWAHATI: A sum of Rs 1 cr donated by Bollywood star Akshay Kumar will be utilized to construct a highland at Kaziranga National Park, claim reports.
The construction will take place at Bandardubi range of the national park to help the animals during floods.
Funds will also be utilized to renovate a few forest camps and other infrastructure development.
Last year, Kumar was among the first to donate Rs 2 crore towards the Assam Chief Minister’s Relief Fund after ravaging flood situation in Assam wreaked havoc with over 90 human lives lost and hundreds of animals killed in the famed Kaziranga National Park.
Calling it a “heartbreaking” situation, actor Akshay Kumar said, “Honestly, jab maine paise diye (when I donated the money), I didn’t feel good. But I felt really good when I got a call from the Assam Chief Minister (Sarbananda Sonowal), who told me that, ‘aapke donation ke baad, bahut saare aur bhi logon ne donation diya.’ That made me happy. I really feel that our nation is an amazing one. If there’s ever any problem, you just have to start something and then there’s a ripple effect. You know, when I worked on ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ app, you can’t imagine how many people made donations. India is a large-hearted nation. We just need a little push.”
An Assamese singer, Bornalee Deuri also thanked Akshay on the Kapil Sharma Show for donating two crore rupees to save people in Assam floods. Her sole aim to participate in the comedy show was to thank the Bollywood star for donating money for the relief of flood victims in Assam recently.
Furthermore, Akshay also shared his feelings on the Assam Flood situation saying, “One of the images that really affected me was of a mother holding her baby on her shoulders and wading through the floodwaters. There was no expression of sadness or stress on her face. And that’s a dangerous sign. What all she must have gone through that she forgot all her sorrows. When I come across such photos, I am like, ‘it can happen to my wife or my daughter.’ Aisi photos bahut choobhtin hai. That’s why I did what I did.”