A village by the name of Thuruthikkara located in Mulanthuruthy panchayat is famous for a number of things. For starters, it was the first village that became completely free of all the incandescent bulbs, plastic, as well as other electronic waste. Additionally, the village is also known for having water that is proven to be safe after proper scientific tests.
It does not end here, the village has worked on a number of different methods that help it become less of a burden on the environment itself. The village stopped using the incandescent bulbs, and replaced them with LED lights in order to save energy. Additionally, Thuruthikkara has several LED clinics where LED light systems are created, as well as repaired. According to an office worker of Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Praishad, these units are then sold in the market. Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Praishad is also responsible for starting a project named “Oorja, Nirmala, Haritha Gramam’. This project forms the 10th ward of Mulanthuruthy panchayat. The villagers are also responsible for charging the water wells using rainwater.
A Rural Science and Technology Center was started in the village on Sunday. T.Gangadharan, who is a Parishad president was the man who did the inauguration. The center will be used as a region’s center of Integrated Rural Technology Center at Mundoor in Palakkad. P.G. Shankaran who is the Pro Vice Chancellor of Cochin University of Science and Technology was there to deliver the keynote.
According to Mr. Shankaran, the purpose of the center is to ensure that people of the island are aware of the new technology that is being used in different fields. Additionally, the center will be used to raise awareness of all the technological advancements and breakthroughs that are happening around us. He further stated that the initiatives that are included are going to be the likes of bio-bins and kitchen bins in in the village. These bins would allow the entirety of kitchen waste to be turned into fertilizers that will be used in the farming.
Every month, all the homes have been the reason behind the generation of 12 kilograms of bio-fertilizers. Additionally, the distribution of vegetable saplings aided the families in the preparation of areas for cultivation that they can use for their own needs. This initiative was made successful because of contribution from a total of 349 families along with 25 institutions as well as organizations.
In order to remove the plastic waste, cloth bags were distributed in all the households. After that, plastic was carefully collected, and then disposed of. Another step to achieve self-sufficiency as well as sustainability was the introduction of aquaponics.