Maharashtra village earns 'Nirmal Gram' status

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Thane, Jan 4 (UNI) Waghadi village in Dahanu taluka of Thane district has attained the status of a ''Nirmal Gram'' under the Central Government's ''Nirmal Gram Abhiyan'' programme aimed at improving the basic qualities of human life through its efforts for public cleanliness.

Every house in the village has an efficient sewage system. The Gram Panchayat has built 10 public toilets under the National Rural Employment Gurantee Scheme in 2005-06.

The village consists of five ''padas'' spread over five kilometers, which are connected by concrete roads maintained by the local youths, under the Village Road Scheme.

Under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the school in the village has built toilets and clean drinking water facility for the students was also provided.

The village also has a small tribal students hostel run by an NGO Thane Zilla Adivasi Samajonati Sangh, a PIB release issued said here today.

Thane Zilla Parishad has built a check dam nearby, on the Surya river, keeping in mind the main occupation of the villagers, which is rice cultivation. A village tank has been built as a water resource for the drinking water needs of the villagers.

Eleven bore wells were also constructed as an altenative during the summer.

Jay Bajrang Bachat Gat (Self Help Group) has dug a big wormiculture pit, which serves as a natural source of manure for the farmers. The extensive production has made it possible for them to sell it to other areas, which earns them a fortune of Rs 1 lakh per annum.

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