Thuruthikkara shows the way to a green future

By Times Of India on 10 Jun 2018 | read
KOCHI: The environment-friendly approach of residents at Thuruthikkara village in Mulanthuruthy panchayat has now found takers in neighbouring villages too.

As many as 349 houses in Thuruthikkara have taken up various eco-friendly initiatives, including installation of biogas plants for treating kitchen waste, facilities to harvest rainwater and to reduce usage of plastic in the village.

Almost all houses are now using at least one LED bulb to reduce conventional electricity use. Residents have also converted the arid land into a fertile one by venturing into plantain and elephant yam cultivation.

"The initiative was started last year under the leadership of Kerala Sasthra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP). We could ensure participation of all residents, including youths, to make Thuruthikkara a model village. Ward members from other local bodies visit our village to study about how we succeeded in the initiative. The support of residents is the answer to the success of the project," says Powethil Antony Thankachan of KSSP.

The Kerala State Electricity Board, Energy Management Centre, Clean Kerala Company (CKC) and Model Engineering College in Thrikkakara have also extended support to Thuruthikkara natives.

While e-waste is collected and handed over to CKC, glass waste is recycled at a recycling unit at Amballoor.

Haritha Keralam officials have also extended support to the initiative.

"There will be building tax reduction for houses with biogas connection," said Sujith Karun, district coordinator of Haritha Keralam.

Meanwhile, Haritha Keralam is set to convert 18 schools in the district into green schools in this academic year itself.

Pens and other objects will be reused under the scheme.