May 30, 2012

Gujarat: Punsari a Urban Village

What if a village has all the facilities, what if a village has no electricity, water or any other woes. It is obvious that if a village consist all this aspect nobody would think of moving to Urban area from rural area. Gujarat state do have a village like this. Punsari village of Sabarkantha is one of the most developed and gradually developing village. Villagers give all credits to their Sarpanch.Punsari village in Talod Taluka of Sabarkantha district has won State Government's best village Panchayat award. With the amenities the village possess no one could have deserved the award except Punsari. It has Pucca road,good transporation facilities and many more Urban amenities

Megha Ghosh | Mon May 21, 2012

Sometimes just a vision for change can create an ocean of a difference. When Himanshu Patel was elected Sarpanch of Punsari, a quaint little village in Sabarkanth district Gujarat,  in 2006 there was no sewerage connection, no street lights, no pucca roads and, of course, no source of income for the gram panchayat except the grants and funding from various state and Union government schemes.

Six years later, the urban village flaunts a wi-fi and optical fiber broadband network, classrooms with CCTV cameras, its own mini-bus transport system and 25-odd CCTVs located on important junctions to spot litterbugs. There is an RO water treatment plant that supplies 20-litre cans to houses for a token cost of Rs 4. You also have a school bus to ferry your wards, and that too on clean RCC roads.

The gram panchayat also provides facilities of loud speaker covering entire village, gutter project, clean primary health care center, 8 kinder garden schools, banking facility, toll free complain receiving phone service, among others.

Villagers can buy ticket of Re 1 to use the mini bus service. For female students, bus service is completely free. Women come to deposit milk to milk bank couple of times during a day through this bus.  Cost of running the service is managed through ticket sales.

Punsri has 120 loud-speakers covering each corner of the village. Villagers listen to prabhatiya in the morning and bhajan and bhakti songs in the evening. Also important announcements like telephone bill, power bill, results of 10th and 12th are made through these speakers. Unique feature is that the village sarpanch can pass on any announcement from his mobile phone. To set up this system Rs 4 lakh were spent from corpus.

"The turn-around happened when we sold part of our grazing land as plotted schemes to various communities. The money is deposited in government coffers," says the 28 year old  Sarpanch. Some funds were also received through various government schemes.The village received rewards from the central government and the state governments recently.

You can watch a video of the village here.

Kenya keen to replicate Punsari model

TNN May 24, 2012, 03.49AM IST


AHMEDABAD/VADODARA: A 14-member Kenyan delegation led by chairman of Nairobi-based Gulf African Bank Suleiman Shahbal visited Punsari village near Himmatnagar.

The delegates took a round of the village, which boasts of mini-bus transport system, reverse osmosis plant 25-odd CCTVs to spot litterbugs and wi-fi connectivity. They were impressed with the development works carried out in this village. The delegation is a on a week-long visit to Gujarat.


Shahbal told mediapersons there that he had not seen such development in any village in the countries that he has visited so far. "I want to replicate Punsari model in Kenyan villages, most of which are still underdeveloped," he said.

They also interacted with nearly 200 members of sakhi mandals in the village. The delegation left villagers impressed too by singing national anthem Jana Gana Mana.

Shahbal also extended an invitation to the village sarpanch Himanshu Patel to share his experience of making Punsari a model village.

They also savoured the traditional Gujarati food that included sweets like kaju katri and shrikhand, chappatis, buttermilk, dal, rice and two subjis. The villagers then presented them with a Gandhiji's charkha and idols of the Mahatma. tnn


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Gujarat that has wi-fi, CCTVs
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