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National ENERGY GLOBE Award India 2019
Govardhan Ecovillage (GEV) is a 100 acre model farm community, which has implemented green technologies to manage its water and waste sustainably and is helping thousands of tribal villagers do the same. GEV underwent hydrogeological survey to establish a 10 million litre rain water harvesting pond to recharge ground aquifers and irrigating its fields, a patented soil bio-technology plant which processes 1,00,000 litres of sewage water daily and is used for irrigating the field and a 30 cubic meter biogas plant to convert wet wastes into biogas thus replacing more than 600 LPG cylinders annually.
Large numbers of families used to migrate to nearby towns between January and May. Most of the small farmers, agriculture labors and the tribal are victims of poverty, illiteracy and exploitation. Due to lack of availability of drinking water, women and girls at home have to go to nearby rivers to fetch water. As a result they do not get an opportunity to study. Many times due to improper sewage system, diarrhea and other diseases are prevalent
The scope of project is to create a role model village implementing green technologies for waste and water management sustainably and secondly to implement water resource development (WRD) for irrigation and drinking water in tribal villages. The goal is to cover the entire Palghar district of Maharashtra which comprises of 1008 villages. Furthermore the scope includes educating and creating awareness amongst city people about environment conservation.
GEV is a zero waste community as it is able to process all kinds of waste produced in its community through its symbiotic recycling process of waste management. The process is a combination of innovative green technologies like SBT, biogas plants, composting, pyrolysis plant etc. GEV has developed itself into a smart village and through its integrated environmental, social, spiritual and cultural model, attracting people from cities to come and learn principles of sustainability and harmony