Eco-friendly anganwadis for the benefit of tribal children

There seems to be good news for tribal communities in Periyapatna and HD Kote taluks as the district administration has planned to set up environment and child-friendly anganwadi centres, construction of which will be started from next month.

As many as 11 anganwadis will be constructed in both the taluks, each unit at an estimated cost of Rs 8.26 lakh of which two centres have already been constructed at Halakere Haadi and Malagankere Haadi in in Periyapatna taluk, which will be inaugurated next week. The other unit would come up at Varthi (Kogilawadi).

While the works of proposed eight anganwadis in HD Kote taluk at Balle Haadi (two units), Manimole Haadi, Anne Mala, Maladahadi, Thimmana Hosahalli Haadi, Golour Haadi, Bhavali Haadi will start from April. All the projects are slated to be completed within four months.

All the centres will be constructed by adopting green building concept using locally available materials such as mud and bamboo. These anganwadis are being constructed exclusively for tribal children who are living deep inside the forest.

“Since forest department does not allow concrete construction inside forest area, bamboo technology is a very good replacement. It is an innovative solution thought of by district administration. The new anganwadis are having good infrastructure, are child friendly and have a very conducive atmosphere for learning. Also the labour of local tribal was used for construction also locally available bamboo and materials was used making it highly sustainable,” Deputy Commissioner C Shikha said.

The anganwadis were well-organised and equipped will basic amenities like a kitchen room, dining hall, rain water harvesting, smokeless chulla, amphitheater, toilet, play area, class room with all essential furniture. This helps to teach children about the importance of adopting green initiatives, conservation of rain water and sanitation. The initiative was understood to be first-of-its-kind in the country and to become a role model for other States.

It is also understood that the durability of the centres will be more than 10 years and on an average each centre can accommodate up to 20 children.

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