10 Most Progressive and Ground-Breaking Villages in India

When it comes to villages, we all nod our heads about it being dirty and having pathetic drainage conditions. But little do we know that some villages do exist in our country that will set your minds off in out of the box thinking when it comes to technology. Here are some villages every Indian will be proud of..

1.The Village with Wifi and CCTV - Punsari

Punsari village, barely 100 km from Ahmedabad, puts most metros to shame and could be a textbook case of development. Closed circuit cameras, water purifying plants, air-conditioned schools, WiFi, biometric machines the village has it all. And all of it was done in a matter of eight years, at a cost of a mere 16 crore. The man behind the transformation is its young sarpanch 31 year old Himanshu Patel.

He is a graduate from North Gujarat University. Mr. Patel had won the panchayat polls in 2006, at the age of 23.

2.The Village Of Millionaires - Hiware Bazar

Once impoverished and drought prone, Hiware Bazar in Maharashtra is a shining example of how a visionary leader can use good governance to make degraded areas resource-rich and transform the future of its people through empowerment and inspiration. The village witnessed a turnaround of their fortunes when Popatrao Baguji Pawar won the gram panchayat election and won in 1990. Under his supervision the village has blossomed with a record of 60 millionaires in the village.

3.The First Fully Solar Powered Village - Dharnai

Even as more than 300 million people wait for electricity in India, Dharnai in Bihar unshackled from darkness and declared itself as an energy-independent village on 20 July. With the launch of Greenpeace's solar-powered 100 kilowatt micro-grid, quality electricity is being provided to more than 2,400 people living in this village in Jehanabad district. Students no long need to limit their studies to the day time, women no longer limit themselves to stepping out in the day in this village of 2400 residents.

4.A Village with 100 percent Literacy Rate - Pothanikkad

Pothanicad is a village in Ernakulam district in the Indian state of Kerala. It is also the first village to achieve 100 percent literacy in India. Originally this was a forest with wild buffalos and elephants but now this small village has developed into one of the most educated and culturally advanced villages in Kerala.

5.A Village Where Sweets Are Distributed When a Girl Is Born - Chappar

Women do not wear a GHOONGHAT (veil) anymore. Villagers rejoice the birth of a girl child and make sure she attends school. All this was made possible by Neelam, sarpanch of a small village, Chappar, in Haryana. Neelam became Sarpanch of Chappar village in Haryana because she wanted to see a positive change in the village. Today, in the state notorious for having the lowest girl ratio (877), Chappar villagers distribute sweets and welcome every newborn girl child.

6.A Village That Believes In Conserving Nature - Kokrebellur

While in many cities we are seeing a heavy decrease in the number of birds, this village sets an example of how birds and humans can coexist in complete harmony. With chirping birds of rare species in every backyard, several nests on each tree, Kokrebellur is a delightful sight. This small village in Karnataka is light years ahead of their urban peers when it comes to conservation of nature and they also have a special clinic for wounded birds.

7.The Village That Beat Arsenic Poisoning - Ballia

Itchy skin lesions, changes in skin colour, hardening and thickening of skin into nodules these were some of the afflictions suffered by the villagers due to arsenic contamination of their drinking water sources. A small village in the state of Uttar Pradesh that faced the serious problem of poisoning because of high levels of arsenic in water. The government introduced hand pumps in the area which further escalated the problem.

The water from the hand pumps contained high levels of arsenic. The villagers took it to task to fix their old wells to get rid of the problem.

8.The Village That Curbed Open Defecation By Saying Good Morning - Bekkinakeri

Bekkinakeri in Karnataka has put an end to open defecation, which is still a regular practice in the rural India. When the modest attempts failed to curb open defecation in the village, the council of Bekkinakeri came up with an idea to greet good morning to the perpetrators at the defecation sites. Thus, the mission was possible in Bekkinakeri.

9.The Village with No Doors - Shani Shingnapur

Shingnapur is famous for the fact that no house in the village has doors, only door frames. Despite this, no theft was reported in the village. In January 2011, the United Commercial (UCO) Bank opened a LOCKLESS branch in the village, the first of its kind in the country.

10.Asia's Cleanest Village - Mawlynnong

Mawlynnong is a village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya. Mawlynnong is famous for its matrilineal society as well as having been dubbed Asia's cleanest village. The waste is collected in the dustbins made of bamboo, directed to a pit and then used as manure.
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1: Seechewal is missing in the list.. This village is inspiration to swachh bharat abhiyan.
Posted by: Lovedeep - 20 Apr, 2016