SHILLONG: Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Following suit, Kreit village which is located under Sohiong Constituency has pledged to achieve its goal by overtaking Mawlynnong in becoming the cleanest village in Asia.
This village which was recently awarded Rs 6.50 lakh as financial support from the office of the Mylliem C&RD Block, aimed to move ahead with this endeavour by equipping 100 households with the basic knowledge on cleanliness.
The seed was sowed way back in 2012 when the dorbar shnong established the Kreit Village and Sanitation Committee (VWSC) under the leadership of Plan Sing Lyngdoh, the Rangbah Shnong and Chairman of the Committee.
4 years after this committee was set up, the residents of this village have tried to make their village a defecation free village with the construction of toilets in every houses, to avoid contaminating the surroundings by dumping their disposable wastes in large pits to prevent the spread of any kinds of diseases.
To remind the people of the target set, the dorbar shnong has put up Signboards at every block and dustbins were placed at every corners of the village.
Recognizing the effort of the village, the Mylliem C&RD Block on Tuesday presented the Nirman Gram Puraskar Award along with cash prize of Rs 1.50 lakh and a Clean & Green Award and a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh. On this day, this village was also announced as an Open Defecation Free (ODF) village.
Addressing the gathering as the chief guest, Sohiong MLA and cabinet minister, HDR Lyngdoh if Kreit village can avail these centrally sponsored schemes then why can’t other villages follow suit.
Taking a cue from the achievements received by Mawlynnong for being the cleanest village in Asia, Lyngdoh said “if Mawlynnong can make its mark in the international tourist’s map, the same example can be emulated by the other villages as well.”