The story of Belgata is a unique narrative of the villagers of a tribal village that overcame its vices, particularly alcoholism, and organized themselves for the development of the village as well as individuals. Located in Mul taluka of Chandrapur District, this village lies 9 km from the taluka headquarters. This is a forest ecosystem with young trees, plants and shrubs that have been planted here in the past 8 years. The total area conserved is 350 acres and is legally categorised as reserved forests (RF), under the jurisdiction of the forest department (FD). Species like teak or saag, hirda, rohan, yen, sesam, tiwas, tendu, charoli and Amla can be seen here. Indian peafowl were once abundant but are no longer found. Avian fauna like parakeets, sparrows, pigeons, owls, wildfowl and waterfowl are found. Quails, cranes and Indian rock Python are some of the wild animals found in these forests. The total population of the village is 640 with the majority community being the tribals, who comprise 95 per cent of the population. The other communities residing here are the beldars, kunbis and mahars (Scheduled Caste). The main sources of income of the villagers are dairy farming, working as agricultural labourers, and employment with the railways. The livestock consists of 500 cows, 250 bulls, 70 buffaloes and 500 goats. The villagers depend on the forest for most of their biomass requirements such as fodder, fuel, food, fodder, timber for house construction and agricultural implements, and so on. Apart from Belgata, 19 other villages depend on the same forest for their timber, fuelwood and fodder needs. Before protection, uncontrolled extraction and illicit felling had almost completely destroyed the forest. The forest department could do nothing to stop the destruction. There were many stories where the villagers would tie up the government forest guard on duty to a tree and steal timber. Alcoholism and domestic disputes were a way of life.