Did You Know About These Eco Villages In India?

OT Staff

Auroville, Tamil Nadu

Founded in 1968, Auroville is a model of sustainable living, promoting harmony between people and nature through organic farms and eco-friendly infrastructure.

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Khonoma, Nagaland 

Nagaland's first green village, home to a 700-year-old Angami settlement, prioritizes nature conservation and cultural heritage preservation. 

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Hiware Bazar, Maharashtra

This Maharashtra village, known for its innovative water conservation during the 1972 drought, transitioned to horticulture and dairy farming, leading to significant income growth by 2012.

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Baghuwar, Madhya Pradesh 

Baghuwar became Open Defecation-Free in 2007, years ahead of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, with an underground sewage system, 55+ biogas plants, and leveraging cow dung sales for village development.

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Odanthurai, Tamil Nadu  

The village is celebrated for its self-sufficiency in electricity, with a 350-kilowatt windmill. It reportedly sells a significant portion of its 6.75 lakh units to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board.

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Jamola, Jammu & Kashmir

In Rajouri district, water scarcity has long been an issue, but the village of Jamola stands as a model with its water conservation efforts.

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Punsari, Gujarat

Punsari village was transformed into an exemplary 'Adarsh Gram' by former sarpanch Himanshu Patel in just eight years. It now serves as a model for sustainable rural development.

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Lana Bhalta, Himachal Pradesh

Lana Bhalta village excels in rural waste management, recycling plastic waste into bricks and construction materials.

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