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Vidarbha Trail

by bhairab last modified 2009-09-10 10:29

Vidarbha trail is one of the three routes being explored by the Lok Awaas Yatra in the Central region. The Trail has a strong focus on low carbon construction technologies with a Climate Change adaptation agenda. The ranges of experiences proposed under the trail demonstrate the application of alternate habitat technologies in residential, institutional and commercial context. A variety of building materials ranging from brick tile cladded earth blocks to ferro-cement building elements and bamboo furniture are included in the trail.

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Host: Centre of Science for Villages, WardhaCentral Region Map


Vidarbha trail is one of the three routes being explored by the Lok Awaas Yatra in the Central region. The Trail has a strong focus on low carbon construction technologies with a Climate Change adaptation agenda. The ranges of experiences proposed under the trail demonstrate the application of alternate habitat technologies in residential, institutional and commercial context. A variety of building materials ranging from brick tile cladded earth blocks to ferro-cement building elements and bamboo furniture are included in the trail.

The participants will also get an opportunity to visit Mahatma Gandhi’s Ashram in Sevagram and Acharya Vinoba Bhave’s Ashram in Paunar in this trail. A brief description of the projects proposed for visit is given below:



CSV Campus1.    CSV campus, Kumarappapuram and Dattapur

CSV was established in 1976 to act as a centre for transfer of appropriate technologies. Over the years, continuing with its strong Gandhian belief system, it has worked on innovative technologies on rural housing & sanitation, non conventional energy, Ecology, environment and agriculture, rural industries, women technology , training & capacity building. The CSV campuses showcase these alternate technologies for application in rural, peri-urban and small town settings.  Demonstration is both, through models as well as practical use in their own facilities. Dattapur campus is the production and research facility where artisans and entrepreneurs visit to identify and learn new technologies that they can use.

2.    Kanhapur Adarsh village –India Song project

This project demonstrates an integrated village habitat development model promoted by CSV. KanhapurThe houses are made using CSV’s eco housing techniques. Each house has a rain water harvesting system. The village has a community centre and an improved bio gas plant. Each house also has an improved twin pit toilet. This project is financed by Wardha Development Agency.
 

3.    Bordharan eco tourist complex

Bordharan tourist complex set up by the forest department showcases the use of carbon efficient green construction technology for eco tourism. All the cottages in the complex utilize the technologies of CSV. The roofs are made of conical clay tiles and mud blocks are used in the walls. The furniture is made of bamboo sourced from a local manufacturer.

4.    Karanji bhoge, Tarkreti, Thuljapur

These villages are 100% open defecation free. They showcase cost effective technology for toilet construction. The toilet superstructure is made of reinforced brick concrete and ferrocement. It is a twin pit toilet with a modified pan design which reduces the water requirement for flushing. Each house in the village has a toilet. These are financed by the Bajaj foundation. The villagers contribute 10% of the amount as well as contribute as labour during the construction process.

5.    Thapadkara power plant (Nagpur district)

This project shows how sustainable livelihoods can be created by utilizing industrial waste. Fly ash from the Thapakada power plant is used by a women self help group to make bricks. The SHG is supported by NGO Vansampada. The SHG has bought a hydraulic brick making machine and produces around 8000 bricks per day. Each brick is sold at Rs 2/brick in the market. The overall capital investment was of 10 lacs out of which 4.9 lacs were contributed by NTPC and the rest has been taken as a loan by the SHG.

     
 
 
 
     
 
 
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