Huligi Gram Panchayat bags State award

Koppal district, which hogged the limelight in carrying out a rigorous campaign against open-defecation and motivating people to construct individual household latrines, has added one more feather to its cap with the multi-village solid waste management unit at Huligi bagging a State-level award as the best and a model in the State.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah presented the special environment award, instituted by the Department of Forest, Environment and Ecology, at a function in Bengaluru on the occasion of World Environment Day recently.

The special award carried a purse of Rs. one lakh and a certificate and was received by Janardhan Huligi, the former president of Koppal Zilla Panchayat and R. Ramachandran, CEO of the ZP.

Mr. Huligi, who, as the then president of the Zilla Panchayat, was the brain behind the movement against open-defecation by introducing “whistling” to desist people going in the open to answer their nature’s call, evinced keen interest in setting up multi-village solid waste management unit at Huligi, a well-known pilgrim centre in Koppal taluk on the banks of the Tungabhadra.

Solid waste from nine GPs— Huligi, Guladalli, Agalkera, Bandi Harlapur, Shivapur, Hosahalli, Munirabad, Boodgumpa, and Hitnal— is being systematically segregated and managed in this unit since nine months.

Incidentally, the model of the unit was on display at the Indian National Science Congress held in Mysuru in the first week of January this year and had earned praise.H.K. Patil, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, was among several others to visit the unit. Zilla and Taluk Panchayats members and officials from various districts have also been visiting the unit to see for themselves and also collect the details with an idea to replicate in their respective panchayats.

Mr. Ramachandran, while talking to The Hindu , said that the unit at Huligi was implemented on a pilot basis and was being closely monitored from every angle, set right the teething trouble, if any, before being implemented in other GPs.