As many as 14 village panchayats from Baliya district in Uttar Pradesh met Seechewal
Jalandhar: A group of 14 villages from Baliya district in Uttar Pradesh (UP) along with the officials of ‘Namami Gange’ project on Friday reached out to environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal to implement low cost ‘Seechewal Model’ of treating sewerage treatment plants in their region.
The villagers led by their panchayats met Seechewal at Sultanpur Lodhi and witnessed the water treatment plants set up by the renowned environmentalist. “After witnessing the project, we have decided to invite Seechewal to Baliya for setting up the treatment plant in our villages”, the panchayat members said.
Union minister Uma Bharti had visited Sultanpur Lodhi last year and announced to implement the ‘Seechewal Model’ under the ‘Namami Gange’ project to clean river Ganga in the country. Uma Bharti had directed the panchayats of as many as 1657 villages situated on the banks of river Ganga to visit Sultanpur Lodhi and learn its implementation from Seechewal.
A project councilor, Ishra Ahmed from Baliya district said that the cleaning of Kali Bein by Seechewal through voluntary service was an example of sorts in the country for the humankind and the nature. “We went around the Kali Bein and saw the successful project. Now, we will implement this project in Baliya district”, she said.
In his interaction, Seechewal showed that how toxic water was being treated and used for agriculture purposes. Later, they also paid a visit to the treatment plant set up at the railway station, where treated water was used for Herbal Park set up at the station.
Sumer Singh, a sarpanch from Bahua village in Baliya district said that they had already started the project of cleaning village ponds under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) act. “Soon, the village panchayat would begin work on setting up sewerage treatment plant. We were also working on the project of constructing toilets in the village”, he added.
Ajay Kumar, the sarpanch of Haridaypur village said that after setting some initial ‘Seechewal Model’ in villages, they would invite Baba Seechewal to educate the masses about this project. “Public participation was must to make this project a success”, he added.
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