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