A typical Indian village conjures up images of mud houses, narrow potholed streets, with no drainage system and no running water.
But there are villages that have progressed, way beyond expectations and proved that they are no less that towns or cities.
- Punsari- The village having CCTV, Wi-Fi and much more than that.
Punsari is a village located in Sabarkantha district in the state of Gujarat, India. The village is located at about 80 km from the state capital, Gandhinagar.
Punsari has been dubbed a “model village” by the state government and its young headman, Himanshu Patel, proudly states that his village offers “the amenities of a city but the spirit of a village”.
Every home in the village has toilets; there are two primary schools, a primary health centre, street lights and a drainage system. And that’s not all. The entire village is wi-fi enabled, has CCTV cameras installed at strategic points and a public address system which covers the entire population with the help of about 140 loudspeakers installed all over the village. And all of it was done in a matter of eight years, at a cost of a mere Rs. 16 crores.
- Mawlynnong- Asia’s Cleanest Village
Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state, India. It is famous for its cleanliness and natural attraction. Mawlynnong was awarded the prestigious tag of ‘Cleanest Village in Asia’ in 2003 by Discover India Magazine.
According to visitors, in the village, one will be astounded by the clean well maintained black tarmac and the spotless front yards and sidewalks of the bamboo stilt houses. There are stylish bamboo dustbins everywhere and separate compost pits in various pockets of the village for organic and inorganic wastes. Polythene use is completely banned and so is smoking.
The village is well supplied with an efficient localised water supply and sanitation system.
- Hiware Bajar- The Village Of Millionaires
Hiware Bazar is a village in the Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra, India. It is noted for its irrigation system and water conservation program, with which it has fought the drought and drinking water problems.
Today, a fourth of the village’s 216 families are millionaires. Hiware Bazar’s sarpanch, Popat Rao Pawar, says just over 50 families have an annual income over Rs 10 lakh. The per capita income for the village is twice the average of the top 10 per cent in rural areas nationwide (Rs 890 per month). In the past 15 years, average income has risen 20 times.
- Pothanikkad- The Fully Literate Village
Pothanikkad or Pothanicad is a village in Ernakulam district in the Indian state of Kerala. It’s also the first village to achieve 100% literacy in India.
It was originally a forest with wild buffalos and elephants. Now, this small village has developed into one of the most educated and culturally advanced villages in Kerala.
- Dharnai, Bihar- India’s First Fully Solar Village
Dharnai is a small village with a little more than 2000 people. Located near Bodh Gaya in Bihar’s Jehanabad district, it didn’t have access to electricity. But a few years ago, the villagers decided to take thins in their own hands and changed their life forever. The village installed a solar-powered microgrid, which provides 24×7 electricity to more than 450 households and 50 commercial establishments. The entire project cost them 3 crores, making Dharnai India’s first fully solar-powered village.
So, this is it guys, hope you had a great time. I got spellbound while researching about these villages as most of them are more developed than many cities and town!
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