AIZAWL, Oct 16 - Dalmia Bharat Cement has given the �Young Achievers Award� to �Pi Pu Sulhnu Humhalh Tu Pawl Dungthlang� (Cultural and Environmental Protection and Preservation Society, Dungtlang, Champhai district, Mizoram), in recognition of the exemplary efforts of protection and preservation of Mizo culture, folklore including preservation of natural habitat by the society.
Rajiv Prasad, senior executive director of Dalmia Cement, said, �We have always believed in recognising people�s efforts in various fields and this time we want to highlight the efforts of this unique society in this remote corner of our country. This society has preserved an old Mizo village complete with its ancient lifestyle and architecture using its own resources with no help or assistance from any agencies. The society has also preserved and protected a large stretch of virgin forests in the mountains. This step is worth all the appreciation.�
The village consists of a chief�s house, his bodyguards� quarters, his queens� huts, all other important persons and other ordinary homes. Every year they maintain these homes as the last remnants of Mizo home and architecture. They have also preserved and protected a 17 km long stretch of mountain forests again with virtually no administrative resource assistance. Important birds and other mammals have now come back to these forests.
In addition to this, the society has discovered and protected the archaeological remains of a city built of stone on the mountain peaks � estimated to be built by tribes coming from South East Asia about 500 years ago. The Archaeological Society of India is now studying these ruins and considers these to be one of the largest stone cities in India.