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Tribal Hamlet In Jammu And Kashmir’s Bhaderwah Making Efforts To Safeguard Water Body

Aalan hamlet is unique not just for its location but also for the bold step the village has taken to make itself garbage and plastic-free and keep it free of pollution and waste, an official said

Tribal Hamlet In Jammu And Kashmir's Bhaderwah Making Efforts To Safeguard Water Body
Highlights
  • We built soak pits and septic tanks with help of local people: Official
  • Bhaderwah town is number one in J& K in terms of open defecation: Official
  • We polluted freshwater bodies so badly that they stink: Environmentalist

Bhaderwah: Amid the majority of freshwater bodies in Jammu and Kashmir‘s picturesque Bhaderwah turning into drains, a small inaccessible hamlet of tribal Gujjars here has shown the way how to keep water bodies sparkling clean. The residents of Aalan hamlet, falling under the below poverty line category, with a very low literacy rate, decided not to litter near the water bodies with village elders issuing an advisory a decade ago that all households would make their own septic tanks.

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Besides, adhering to their elders’ advice to keep the freshwater stream Aalan Nullah clean and fit for drinking, all the households dug pits and built septic tanks, becoming an epitome of the Prime Minister’s flagship scheme ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ and an inspiration for the downstream villages and towns.

Aalan is unique not just for its location but also for the bold step the village has taken to make itself garbage and plastic free and keep it free of pollution and waste, an official said, lauding residents for implementing the government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in letter and spirit.

Located about 17 km from Bhaderwah town, Aalan in Katyara Panchayat of J&K’s additional district Bhaderwah is a unique hamlet and the Union Territory’s last village on the Chamba border of Himachal Pradesh.

Situated on the slopes of the mighty Ashapati glacier, the hamlet is at the confluence of the Kailash and Ashapati glaciers. The village has 30 households with a population of 270. The main occupation of the village is farming, largely maize, and rearing cattle. The village gets adequate rain and derives its drinking water from Aalan Nullah and is distributed by pipes to each household. The officials said the villagers got together 10 years ago to keep the Aalan stream flowing through the village clean. The modus operandi was to get all the villagers (50-100 in number), with the women on the front line, together on Fridays to sweep, segregate the plastic wastes from other ones to prevent them from entering the water body, the officials said.

While starting this initiative, our main aim was to prevent the garbage, including human and animal waste, from entering the stream. Another problem we had in the village is that the majority of residents were practising open defecation that used to pollute water bodies badly. As we took initiative to build toilets with limited resources a decade back, Rural Development Department came forward to help us as part of its Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Hashim Din Teenda (70), a local resident, told PTI.

And with their help, we built soak pits and septic tanks, he added. He said the village wanted to set an example for adjoining villages, especially Bhaderwah town that sends all its sewage into the water bodies as a result of which the people living there are already complaining of various ailments linked to polluted water.

We do not want to do that, we have a responsibility as the upstream village to send clean water to downstream villages and Bhaderwah city, Rozy Begum (20), the only woman who has studied up to 12th standard, said. According to the 2011 census, out of a total of 2,029 houses in Bhaderwah town, 1,987 are without septic tanks and all the human waste is flown to open drains through which it enters into the three freshwater streams flowing through the town namely Neeru, Halain and Puneja Nullah.

Technically, Bhaderwah town is number one in Jammu and Kashmir in terms of open defecation followed by Budgam district due to which our people are forced to perform human scavenging every day, Jammu and Kashmir Watal Association’s president Aashiq Ali Watal said. Surprisingly, Municipal Committee Bhaderwah has managed to declare Bhaderwah ODF town four years ago which is a cruel joke with us, he added.

Dharam Kant Dogra, an environmentalist from Bhaderwah town, said residents used the water from all three streams for drinking and cooking food till 1984.

Unfortunately, we polluted the freshwater bodies so badly that now they stink. We should take lessons from the poor Gujjar community of Aalan village and the government agencies should also take immediate corrective measures to save the precious water bodies, Mr Dogra said.

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State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,98,218 1,573

27,899 1,434

64,30,394 2,968

1,39,925 39

Kerala

48,88,523 8,733

82,093 1,240

47,79,228 9,855

27,202 118

Karnataka

29,84,849 365

9,017 86

29,37,848 443

37,984 8

Tamil Nadu

26,91,797 1,164

13,790 268

26,42,039 1,412

35,968 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,62,303 493

5,500 66

20,42,476 552

14,327 7

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,068 10

107 5

16,87,062 14

22,899 1

West Bengal

15,83,646 833

7,535 44

15,57,090 775

19,021 14

Delhi

14,39,488 22

311 1

14,14,087 21

25,090

Odisha

10,37,056 524

4,336 51

10,24,422 573

8,298 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,773 38

206 21

9,91,995 16

13,572 1

Rajasthan

9,54,395 2

36 2

9,45,405 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,353 13

156 20

8,16,110 33

10,087

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,721 12

88 6

7,82,110 6

10,523

Haryana

7,71,125 9

131 2

7,60,945 11

10,049

Bihar

7,26,042 6

30 0

7,16,351 6

9,661

Telangana

6,69,739 183

3,967 1

6,61,829 183

3,943 1

Assam

6,07,811 384

3,762 152

5,98,087 228

5,962 4

Punjab

6,02,135 22

226 6

5,85,358 27

16,551 1

Jharkhand

3,48,526 40

166 24

3,43,225 16

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,787 14

176 0

3,36,213 14

7,398

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,386 87

814 14

3,26,143 73

4,429

Himachal Pradesh

2,22,138 202

1,452 58

2,16,955 140

3,731 4

Goa

1,77,765 59

618 21

1,73,790 35

3,357 3

Puducherry

1,27,564 43

454 7

1,25,258 50

1,852

Manipur

1,23,051 81

1,346 14

1,19,800 94

1,905 1

Mizoram

1,15,944 737

10,034 229

1,05,510 962

400 4

Tripura

84,369 18

105 10

83,448 8

816

Meghalaya

83,210 52

735 26

81,034 76

1,441 2

Chandigarh

65,315 3

26 2

64,469 1

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,065 22

140 2

54,645 20

280

Sikkim

31,819 19

185 10

31,241 9

393

Nagaland

31,670 11

250 5

30,743 15

677 1

Ladakh

20,896 10

43 9

20,645 1

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,678 2

4 2

10,670

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646

7 0

7,510

129

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