Ambuja Cement Foundation’s ‘Mangi Village’ Becomes Smart Village at District Level
The R.R Aba Patil Smart Village Award was given to Ambuja Cement Foundation (ACF) chosen core village, Mangi in Chandrapur, Maharashtra, for setting an example of self-reliance, good infrastructure, and scenic surroundings. Mangi received brownie points for being Open Defecation Free, having a well-maintained drainage system, clean drinking water supply, a good road network, 100% vaccination of community members, and a general prohibition on plastic.
Villages in Maharashtra are granted the RR Patil Smart Village Award by gramme panchayats at the taluka and district levels based on their success across a variety of factors. This includes sanitation, health, education, the environment, and the utilization of information technology and renewable energy. Dr. Mitali is a member of the district committee.
The community has been working diligently to achieve Smart Village certification since 2017. Every morning for two hours, the community gathers to clean the town, discuss strategies to boost water levels, and check that all infrastructure is in good working order. As a result of the gramme panchayat’s and Ambuja Cement Foundation’s assistance and cooperation, as well as accessible government initiatives and community contributions, the village has been able to acquire this status.
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“It is a wonderful delight to see a village that ACF has closely worked with, with the gramme panchayat, district administration, and community members, reach this exceptional milestone,” Pearl Tiwari, Director & CEO, Ambuja Cement Foundation, remarked of Mangi village’s extraordinary distinction. We are dedicated to bringing positive change and prosperity to rural communities, and this accomplishment exemplifies that commitment. In the years ahead, I’m confident that many more ACF-adopted core villages will be recognised as ‘Smart Villages.'”
Mangi also has a RO plant, a solid waste management system, an outdoor gymnasium, and a community reading room, in addition to 100 percent toilet facilities and concrete roads. A Village Agriculture Resource Centre was recently established, providing farming advise to village farmers as well as performing advanced agriculture training programmes to improve farming practises.
The gramme panchayat created a garden at the community’s entrance and planted 8000 saplings throughout the village, adding to the area’s rustic attractiveness. ACF came up with a novel and innovative strategy to creating a dense plantation on extra village property as part of its 1 billion tree plantation programme, which will offer Mangi a dense forest look with native forest trees, shrubs, and flowers.
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