WIN­NER: Bagor WHY IT WON: The vil­lage has been able to prac­tise solid waste man­age­ment de­spite its hilly ter­rain

India Today - - SAFAIGIRI AWARDS - —Ra­jiv Phull

WHEN BALDEV SINGH THAKUR, prad­han of the Nauni Ma­jh­gaon pan­chayat in Hi­machal Pradesh, first broached the sub­ject of toi­lets at home, the vil­lage el­ders didn’t get it: why bother when there was a thou­sand bighas of for­est nearby? But sus­tained sen­si­ti­sa­tion ef­forts by the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion slowly ad­dressed these doubts and changed mind­sets.

The Nauni Ma­jh­gaon pan­chayat gov­erns Bagor and eight other vil­lages. With a pop­u­la­tion of 300 and cent per cent lit­er­acy, Bagor res­i­dents have set ex­em­plary stan­dards in clean­li­ness. The vil­lage prac­tises solid waste man­age­ment, even though it is dif­fi­cult in the hills. A garbage dis­posal shed has been set up for house­hold waste. “We plan to have zero waste in Bagor. Plans are afoot to set up a waste wa­ter treat­ment plant. Garbage will be con­verted into ma­nure,” says Thakur.

They have also found ways to pre­serve and con­tin­u­ously recharge nat­u­ral wa­ter re­sources. Check dams, small wa­ter tanks and wa­ter chan­nels have been con­structed for rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing and recharg­ing nat­u­ral wa­ter re­sources.

Bagor also has clean, treated drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply in its house­holds. Wa­ter sam­ples are tested ev­ery month by the ir­ri­ga­tion and pub­lic health depart­ment and the Wa­ter Test­ing Lab­o­ra­tory, Kandaghat. ■

PRIS­TINE BEAUTY Bagor has be­come a model vil­lage for waste man­age­ment

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