14-06-2017 05:00 AM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream
A village in Punjab has led by example by implementing water conservation project effectively and has been chosen for a national award in recognition of the efforts of the villagers
Few people lead by example. A village in Punjab, Man Aspal has not only solved its water woes, but also stopped its ponds from being polluted by implementing proper water conservation methods. In recognition of its efforts, the village has been chosen for a national award by the Union Ministry of Rural Development.
Union Rural Development Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar will hand over the award to the village panchayat on June 19 in Delhi.
The people of Man Aspal village do not allow its water to go waste. Through proper water conservation methods, water is not only reused, but the flow of water into ponds is stopped, thus protecting the water bodies from getting polluted.
Water conservation methods include constructing soak pits and septic tanks (concrete tank used to store used water) in every house of the village, which has been completed under MGNREGS ( Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme). The villagers executed the rural employee guarantee scheme with its USP being water conservation.
In 2015, with the help of a multinational company, the villagers initiated the soak pit project which dealt with waste water management to make the villages drain free. Under the project, soak pits of four feet by 10 feet with a septic tank of three feet by four feet were constructed at the cost Rs 3.29 lakh in all the 65 houses.
Among the 107 MGNREGS job card holders, majority of them were employed in the project. Apart from building soakpits, they also renovated a pond, bricklined a street and laid a drinking water pipeline all under MGNREGS.
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