Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Gangadevipally: A 100% Green Village of India

Gangadevipally in Warangal district is a village that has been 100% green village by the Indian Green Buildings Council (IGBC). The council recommended the village as a model for other villages to emulate. Because of this unique and green achievement, the village is all set to receive a platinum rating and a tie up with the tourism department slotted, it might be one of the few to make its way to the world tourism map. The village is just 180 km from the Hyderabad city.

A Green Village, according to the Indian Green Buildings Council, is one which offers access to clean energy, adequate water, basic education, good healthcare, hygienic sanitation, leading to economic prosperity and enhanced quality of life, in a manner that is environmentally sustainable. IGBC Green Village rating is designed to address many of the rural challenges like open defecation, drinking water scarcity, lack of adequate health care, access to basic amenities and power shortage.

Gangadevipally is a small village with only 287 households and 1,352 people but it was zeroed in by search teams that took information and inputs from voluntary organizations and government agencies. It was discovered that green initiatives were running on for years. This village has purified drinking water facility, toilets in every house, garbage segregation at points of collection and even a centralized 50 kw solar power plant that lights up the streets. Each house in the village have LPG stove and individual composting pits. The drainage is via water pipelines.

Gangadevipally village which has got its own public address system and a well-managed website attracts several foreign footfalls, especially NGOs and government agencies from other countries. IGBC had identified a total of 6 `green villages' in India but Gangadevipally is slotted for the highest `platinum' rating.

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