Kerela Village Thuruthikkara Becomes First Green Village


New Delhi: A small village of Kerela has recently managed to hog headlines for everything good, done in just three months.

Located in Mulanthuruthy Panchayat of Ernakulam district, Thuruthikkara is amongst the countless villages in Kerala that are only known for their various Hindu temples.

But hereafter, Thuruthikkara will also have the certified distinction of being the first green village in the entirety of Kerala.

The village achieved this unique tag through the implementation of a series of green initiatives in various sectors such as waste management, energy efficiency and environment conservation.

Focusing on primary sectors like waste management, energy efficiency and environmental conservation, the concerned authorities managed to accomplish their envisioned objectives in three months.

The KSSP has been organising regular classes on various topics for all 349 families in the village with 1600 residents. To ensure quality and security of drinking water, experts from Cochin University of Science and Technology took water sample from wells in households. Training has also been given for villagers on checking water quality.

The Oorja Nirmala Haritha Gramam project has been implemented with the support of various agencies such as Energy Management Centre Kerala, ANERT, Haritha Kerala Mission, Clean Kerala Mission, Suchitwa Mission, CUSAT, Model Engineering College, Thrikkakara, and the Integrated Rural Technology Centre.

During the culmination of the three-month- long initiative, a green biennale was also organised which exhibited models of green, clean and energy efficient houses. 

Vegetable seeds, saplings, grow bags, organic fertiliser, LED bulbs, kitchen bins, biobins, biogas plant; eco-friendly bags to replace plastic carry bags, solar water heater solar cooker and lighting system are being sold to the villagers. 

Interestingly, the village had already been emblazoned with tags like plastic-free, e-waste free and filament-free before the recent project had taken flight.



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