At a time when most towns and cities across the state have done their best to conserve water and preserve nature and culture, the village of Rurka Kalan has set a perfect example of what a community can do. when you unite for a better tomorrow. . Grandstand correspondent Avneet Kaur and lens Sarabjit Singh visit Rurka Kalan for a take a look at the ongoing development projects in the model village.
Six ponds, 30 soakaways, rainwater harvesting system, solar panels, 12 heritage saths (a common area for residents), computer labs, centers for panchayat services, special children and physiotherapy, a football stadium , a wrestling hall, a badminton court, well-built roads, gymnasiums, ambulance, fire service and green parks are some of the facilities that make Rurka Kalan stand out. The village, with a population of over 9,000, is less than 40 km from Jalandhar, near Goraya, on the Jalandhar-Ludhiana National Highway.
Rurka Kalan through its irrigation, filtration and pond recharge systems is saving at least one billion liters of water every year. Gurmangal Das, the man behind the village’s transformation, says water conservation projects, including building ponds where sewage water is collected and pumped for irrigation with the help of a power-operated pump solar, has received much praise. nationwide.
He said these projects were established with the help of Soil and Water Conservation Department, Jalandhar, and even the NRIs in the village have contributed their bit.
“In the next two years, our goal is to have at least six more ponds, 200 more soak pits and almost 20 rainwater systems in the village so that almost 3 billion liters of water can be saved per year,” adds Gurmangal, who is also the founder of the Youth Football Club, Rurka Kalan.
He emphasizes that in order to improve the standard of living and ensure that residents are not rushing to the cities, they have brought all the facilities to their doorstep. Also, to preserve its heritage and culture, the town has recently been renovated as a heritage town. Red brick structures called ‘heritage saths’ which have large banyan trees in the middle, have been built throughout the village. Furthermore, to promote sanitation and hygiene among the vagrants and nomads, who have been residing in shacks and jhuggies near the village, a sanitary complex with two sets of toilets, one for men and one for women, has been built.