A village with all basic facilities starting from post office to solar power street lights has been set up at Mati Tirtha to create awareness among people.
It has turned to be the centre of attraction during Tuesday’s Mati Utsav that has been inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Thousands of people thronged the village to have a look at the facilities.
Mati Tirtha has come up off Kalna Road in Burdwan. It is a dream project of the Chief Minister and she had announced to shift the venue of Mati Utsav from Panagarh to Mati Tirtha last year.
Beside the village with all basic amenities available, several stalls have also been set up where different product related to agriculture and fishery will be available.
There will be concrete roads at Mati Tirtha. Such roads at all villages have turned out to be a reality in the last four years. The construction work to turn all ‘kachcha sadak’ to concrete roads had started soon after the change of the guard in the state in 2011. Now, almost in all villages roads are concrete.
The unique feature at the village is that too much of conventional power is not used for various purposes. People were found watching the huge solar panels fired adjacent to a water pumping station. As a result, water for irrigation purpose is pumped out using solar power. The eco-friendly non-conventional form of power of also used to light street lights.
Everything starting from ICDS centres, grain health centres, tea stall, post office and primary school were present at the village. There is also a two-storey mud house just adjacent to the village. The Chief Minister would be staying in that house during her visit.
Agricultural field has also been created at the village and how crops can be grown using modern technology has been demonstrated. There is also a place for horticulture.
Damodar Das, who visited Mati Tirtha on Tuesday for the first time, said the method of irrigation that has been shown at the village here will help him if he implements for farming in his own land.
According to a government official, at present no one is staying in that village. This has been set up as a model to make people aware about the facilities that should be available in an ideal village and “of course with implementation of the projects taken by the state government in the past four years, almost all villages in the state are now having most of the facilities”.