Artificial canal, solar lights and toilets for girls: Welcome to India’s first smart village Dhanora

Dholpur: India’s first smart village Dhanora in Rajasthan’s Dholpur district is all set to grab the award for its dramatic rural transformation at the New India Conclave in New Delhi on Monday.

The tiny village of Dhanora has emerged as an institutional model of development across the country, thanks to the locals’ thinking and solidarity. The village now has community halls, wide roads, and toilets in almost every house. The toilets have been connected with a 450mm wide sewerage line that is about 2 km long using inspection chambers and manholes.

The villagers have also dug a 3-km long artificial canal, which has been connected through eight percolations tanks.

With 19,234 votes, Dhanora is at the top in the Adarsh Gram Award category. It is followed by Pilpantri village in Rajsamand district with 13,814 votes while Penal village in Patna took the third spot with 7,707 votes.

This award will be given to the winning village by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. New India Conclave is the first of its kind, comprehensive platform for discussions and deliberations for rural transformation in India.

Dr Satyapal Singh Meena, who is leading the ‘Soch Badlo, Gaon Badlo’ movement, said that the Conclave has been organised by Youth For Development Foundation with a focus on rural India and rural youth. So far, Dhanora is leading the category, but the final results will be declared by a jury.

What makes this village special?

  • 20-25 feet wide ‘Gaurav Path;’ built with administrative and public support, has beautiful tree plantation
  • Solar lights light up the village lanes
  • Girls have access to modern toilets in schools
  • Computer education for school children and coaching institute to prepare students for competitive examinations
  • Public walls and neighbourhood painted with pictures, slogans and motivational quotes.