Village’s cow dung dumping places, garbage dumps converted into parks
Village Bhokhra’s six parks are perfect example of the concerted efforts of villagers that has converted village’s cow-dung dumping places and garbage dumps into beautiful and lush green parks. The campaign to turn vacant panchayat land into parks has not only given new and clean look to the village albeit has also increased the green cover.
Every park in this village of Bathinda district covers around 2 to 4 kanals of land. Of the total 3000 acres of land covered by village, around 2.5 acres is under the parks. Village panchayat has spent money from its own funds to bring up these parks and constructed boundary wall, installed interlocking tiles, fixed benches for sitting, planted saplings etc. Village’s youngsters have come forward together to design these parks on the lines of parks of Chandigarh. Presently there are around 6 parks in the village, while 3 more are on anvil.
The village Sarpanch Ms. Mahinder Kaur’s son Mr. Jagmeet Singh Brar said that the people from other villages visit their village Bhokhra to see these parks. Panchayats from other villages frequently ask questions on developing similar parks in their villages. he added that a village can be transformed only when all panchayat member and villagers work unanimously.
Appreciating the efforts of villagers, Deputy Commissioner Bathinda Mr Diprava Lakra stated that more villages should adopt this strategy and gift their village clean and green environment. The Bhokhra is an example for others to follow wherein villagers have themselves taken the initiative and have come out with excellent results.
District Development and Panchayat Officer Mr Rajinder Singh Jassal and BDPO Miss Kavita Garg stated that the village sarpanch Mahinder Kaur’s son Jagmeet Singh Brar, nambardar Baljinder Singh, panchayat secretary Arvind Garg and other villagers have worked hard in bringing up these parks. The garbage and cow dung dumping yards of village have been replaced with green parks.