06 December, 2020

The Sutra Of Energy

Suggenahalli village turns around its fortunes as science goes to the grassroots

The Sutra Of Energy

FOR years, a sense of the peculiar hit you each time you walked through this village. It was the large number of mentally handicapped children, neither afflicted by mysterious disease nor scourged by malnutrition. They were simply the products of consanguineous marriages forced upon Suggenahalli due to one extraordinary factor:the lack of drinking water. None from the neighbourhood was willing to offer their daughter's hand in marriage. And condemn her to the toil of fetching drinking water from a tank situated at least two km away.

No longer, hopefully. Courtesy the efforts of experts from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, Suggenahalli is participating in SuTRA or Sustainable Transformation of Rural Areas. Technicians from IISc moved into the semi-arid area of Tumkur to ensure an uninterrupted supply of water and power for the villagers. And it's a package that has been implemented by the villagers, without any support from the government.

In fact, so enthused are the villagers they're even willing to pay for...



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