In a remarkable achievement which is in keeping with Phase II of Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G), the northeastern state of Tripura has taken up 16 cluster-based model Gobardhan projects, two per district; in all its eight districts using funds from the SBM-G.
The state has selected the Tripura Renewable Energy Development Agency (TREDA), a constituent organization of the Department of Power, Government of Tripura as its technical agency that would implement and execute the project.
Gobardhan projects have been set up in the following villages:
- Dhalai District: Dhanchandra GP in Durgachowmuhani Block and Avanga GP in Salema Block
- Gomati District: Purba Malbasa GP in Amarpur Block and Barabiya GP in Tepani Block
- Khowai District: Purba Kalyanpur GP in Kalyanpur Block and Purba Ramchandra Ghat GP in Khowai Block
- North District: Huplong GP in Jubarajnagar Block and Baghan GP in Kadamtala Block
- Sepahijala District: Raghunathpur GP in Bishalgarh Block and Kamalnagar GP in Boxanagar Block
- South District: Kanchannagar GP in Bagafa Block and Thaibung GP in Satchand Block
- Unakoti District: Ujandudpur GP in Kumarghat Block and Nalkata GP in Pecharthal Block
- West Tripura District: Meghlipara and Tulakona GPs in Old Agartala Block
The cost of each project is Rs. 20.00 lakh and a total of Rs. 320.00 lakh has been made available for the 16 projects.
For each of the projects, as many as 45-50 households have been selected to set up Gobardhan plants on their own land, cow dung being the major source of raw material used. A plant capacity of 1 cubic meter has been installed in each household.
Prior to the execution of the project, a preliminary survey was conducted by the TREDA, in collaboration with the concerned Block level officials and public representatives to finalize the names of beneficiaries that had the requisite number of cattle available at their respective homes.
The projects when completed would be handed over to the beneficiaries with proper guidance on their usage methodology. All beneficiaries have expressed their satisfaction with the project which is useful and economical for their households and requires no major maintenance. Households from other Blocks have now requested similar projects.