Friday, 26 August 2016

Töölöök Tövai Panam : a small step towards a more beautiful world

“Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds”
                                                             G B Hinckley

The sea flanking the Carnic island is in turn teal, aquamarine, azure, sapphire, lapis lazuli and grey and the sands silvery white . Beholding one such view, two eco friendly huts and  seven benches, made up of locally available material, completely in-sync with the island’s beauty have been constructed and dedicated to the people of Sansad Adarsh Gram Kinyuka, under the aegis of MGNREGA scheme of Government of India

The site known as “Töölöök Tövai Panam” (our beautiful world) is a charming little spot for recreation and picnic dedicated to the people of Carnic. The two eco-friendly huts are made up of locally available bamboo, cane and jungle post so magnanimously provided by the captains of Kimious and Aarong and are covered with thatched roofs. The craftsmanship displayed in the construction of these huts with delicate molding of cane is par excellence. The huts are painted in earthy browns and forest greens and are in complete harmony with the surroundings.
This project incurred an expenditure of a little above four lakh rupess, out of which more than 3.7 lakhs were given as wages to create 1554 mandays  and in this case “women-days” as more than 80% MGNREGA workers in this project were women, scripting a small but successful story of asset creation , with a very small carbon footprint (if at all), along with providing meaningful and satisfying employment to these very proficient craftsmen and women of Carnicobar.
The construction of these huts and benches along with cane garbage bins and planting of flowering plants like periwinkle and tecoma was completed in a record time by the MGNREGA team comprising of Block Development Officer, Programme Officer, Assistant Engineer and four extremely dedicated Gram Rozgar Sevaks . Three solar street lamps erected by the electricity department adds to the attraction and safety of this spot.

entry to the picnic spot
blessed by a priest before inauguration

The site was decorated with tender leaves of coconut and was inaugurated by S.P. Nicobar after a prayer was read out by the Kinyuka church priest on 15th August 2016, to the loud cheer and exultation of everyone present. The inauguration function also saw the distribution of complete Soccer Kit and Yoga mats worth fifty thousand rupees by sports department to the sports loving people of Kinyuka under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY)..

The eco-huts constructed at Kinyuka have been widely appreciated for their recreational utility and environmental friendly construction. The district administration plans to construct  similar huts under MGNREGA not just in Carnicobar but also in other islands of the district as well. We firmly believe that it takes a small step to make a giant leap. Jai Hind