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Bundelkhand Trail Day 2

by deepak last modified 2009-12-14 17:11

Day- 2 What did we see today

what did we learn?

TARA Eco-Kiln many possibilities for green livelihoods within one package

One TARA eco-kiln enterprise not only manufactures fired bricks using half the energy required in the conventional brick burning process, has very low emissions and provides eco- products for homes and buildings, it also generates green jobs in more ways than one.  While the kiln itself provides for skilled jobs of firepersons – those who maintain the fire in the kiln, and skilled workers who lay the bricks and unload these from the kiln, the entire process of green brick making ahs been made far less drudgery based and much more decent and productive using small equipment such as the TARA brick-mech and nano brick maker.

Self- Help Groups can come together to provide the green brick making services to kiln owners using the mobile equipment thus earning a decent livelihood.  In addition, the Kiln facility can be provided to brick-makers to fire their bricks in the monsoon time when all other kilns are closed.  These are possibilities that the Yatris in the ongoing Lok Awaas Ytra have suggested in their visit to the TARAgram Pahuj campus and TARA Eco-Kiln facility.

The brick service center is a rich knowledge resource center for brick makers not only of the region but also fro the country.  And, clearly on its model, technical extension centers for eco-habitat need to be developed across the country that would advice local artisans and home owners on various options for eco-construction, facilitate training and linkage with government and other programs for habitat and infrastructure development.

TARA Rural Enterprise Zone – Possibilities that green energy opens up.

A habitat products enterprise facility that is clustered around an energy unit offered immense possibilities to the Yatris.  It was an eye-opener that the troublesome Ipomea plant can be so beneficial – “Its called besharam – the shameless one and look how it puts us to shame by its many utilities” is what one xx from Marathwada had to say.  Various building products being manufactured using this green energy by self help groups was immensely satisfying.  Why can Panchayats not set up such facilities for village industries?  This was a question asked?  What can state and district governments do to facilitate such infrastructure in villages?  Energy is as important a need for us as water and if have to construct safe and sustainable habitats – sustainable energy for village habitations clearly falls in the “high priority category” says yyy .

Micro-concrete tiles from this initiative being produced by a  group of Women from the area found universal admirers and clear intent for replication. Fly-ash bricks and Soil-cement bricks as also door and window frames made of reinforced cement concrete were appreciated and demands for technology transfer, training, more information, issues of financing and facilitation of  a potential market development were put forth.

Subsequent discussions during an evening session in the Yatra have identified the need for getting stae, district and block level governments involved, bakers to be oriented so that loans for these initiatives may be facilitated and producers of these products could be incentivized and promoted.

 TARAgram Pahuj – eco possibilities galore!!

Flat roofs have been a constant demand in housing projects.  In Bundelkhand, besides the stone slabs that require heavy and expensive supporting beams or the expensive and energy intensive Reinforced Concrete slabs – there have been no options.  The pahuj campus demonstrates possibilities that use eco-bricks, waste stone and pre-fabrication systems to develop roofs that not only functional, cost effective and resource conserving but also beautiful to look at.

The arch panel roof – the dhanushakaar chat using bricks has been declared atop-runner with the RCC planks and joists and Funicular roof as a close runner up. Simple to make, good to look at,  using less material and low in cost – what it needs is training and requests for technical information, construction manuals and training were a clear indicator of its potential for replication in other regions.

Water for All and Always – Gopalpura– a story in village solidarity towards water security.

Water security programs are being done in many places now.  The strengths of the Gopalpura initiative seem to arise from the solidarity in the village that has set up strict rules and regulations on water use.  Water quality assessments and maintenance of water quality through managing sanitation in the village are some measure taken up by the village water committee.  Water harvesting measure are yielding results in augmenting the source of wateer.  Families have adequate and good quality drinking water for themselves and their animals and enough water for irrigation of fields in this small hamlet 50 households.

A Panchayat to Panchayat sampark karyakram – contact program came in an as idea to spread this message as well as the practical ways of setting up and maintaining water infrastructure in the villages.  Valuable suggestions such as the construction of overhead tank for the village to reduce dependece on electricity for pumping, bunding in fields and raising the level of the newly constructed ingenious check dam came in to Gopalpura residents from Marathwada and Vidharbh participants.

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