Chandigarh, June 10: Man Aspal, a small village of Masa district of Punjab, has set the example on the conservation of water when several parts of the world are been facing water scarcity. At this critical time, when ground water is depleting fast in not only in Punjab but in the world, Man Aspal village has bagged this year’s national award for the conservation of water.
Notably, Man Aspal village has been selected for a national award by the Union ministry of rural development for 2015-16. Panchayat of the village will officially receive the award from Union rural development minister Narendra Singh Tomar in New Delhi on June 19.
For conserving water, each house in the village has soak pits and septic tanks (tanks which are used to store used water) which help in reusing the water. This is done under the MGNREGS village-specific project scheme. With this, Man Aspal has become the lone village in Punjab which has implemented water conservation.
Mansa deputy commissioner Dharampal Gupta and Man Aspal sarpanch Gurjant Singh said, “The soak pit project, which deals with waste water management to make the villages drain free, was started in 2015 as a pilot with the support from a multinational company.
They added, “Under the project, soak pits of four feet by 10 feet with a septic tank of three feet by four feet were constructed at the cost Rs 3.29 lakh in all the 65 houses. It also solved the problem of flow of waste water to the pond. The village has 107 MGNREGS job card holders.” With this project, a total of 113 days employment was generated.
Man Aspal with a view to create awareness, the panchayat of the village has done paintings showcasing the water conservation on the walls of houses and also at common places.