Gwalior village leads open defecation-free mission

  • Umesh Singh, Hindustan Times, Hastinapur/Gwalior
  • Updated: Jun 14, 2016 17:45 IST
Farmer Gangu Ram at his house in Hastinapur village under Morar block in Gwalior district. (Umesh Singh/HT photo)

Villagers in Hastinapur under Morar block, around 35 km from Gwalior district headquarters, take pride in carrying forward the ambitious Swachch Bharat Mission to its logical end after the village was declared ‘open defecation free’ zone four months ago.

The village now has in place a closed and underground drainage system connected through chambers for free flow of polluted water into drain located outside the village periphery.

Apart from Hastinapur, 18 other villages including Beru, Khedi Raifal and Janakpura, all in Dabra block, Sirsula and Piparauwa, both in Bhitarwar block, among others, have also been declared open defecation free (in rural area) out of total 256 villages figuring under Gwalior district jurisdiction since launch of Swachch Bharat scheme.

Hastinapur wears a clean look with narrow by-lanes dry and free from filth unlike other villages situated en-route to Hastinapur from Gwalior.

Hastinapur village Sarpanch Patiram Jatav attributed the reason to collective efforts by local administration and villagers.

A team comprising of village activists was engaged for surveillance and round-the-clock monitoring work to eliminate open defection.

Villagers were motivated with the help of government-sponsored campaigning programme to use toilets.

All the households figuring over 450 are now equipped with toilets. Besides, common toilets were also constructed for those who couldn’t build one due to paucity of space at their shanties, added Jatav.

Former sarpanch Rakesh Laharia said the village report card fared better in sectors including basic facilities, health and education etc. Four of village boys scored over 85% marks (math stream) in the higher secondary results.

A marginal farmer Gangu Ram who also owns livestock of five buffaloes championed the Swachch Bharat scheme and constructed toilet costing around 12,000 at outer portion of his small house.

Jila Panchayat project officer JS Narwaria said under the scheme sum of Rs 12,000 is reimbursed to respective beneficiaries.

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