There is hope yet: Mawllynong village in Meghalaya

I just got back from an 8-day Gypsyfeet trip to Meghalaya and Assam (  called the Fabulous-3 trip, because of the three Fab places, Meghalaya, Kaziranga and Majuli we visit).

We spent two days at a village called Mawllynong in Meghalaya, way out on the India-Bangladesh border.

Why did I take my guests to this place? The village has the distinction of being the cleanest village in Asia. It did not disappoint.

The village was spotlessly clean. Cemented Pathways were lined with bamboo baskets used as garbage bins. There was not a bit of plastic or other litter to be seen anywhere. Flowers on bushes and vines lined the pathways.

THe guest house made through community effort ( and whose profits are shared within the community) is truly pleasing. It has a machan reached by a bamboo bridge.

Mawllynong guest house

The whole village was cleanliness conscious. People swept the walkways in front of their houses, and diposed of the garbage at pits dug for the purpose. The organic waste was decomposed and used as fertiliser.Children were paid some money to collect litter thrown by tourists – the money was from a central fund collected from visitor’s fees. There was even a visitor’s registration desk!

And here’s the beautiful church, designed by a local person taking inspiration from a photograph of a church in England.

Church at Mawllynong

What a pity other villages and cities in India do not follow the example of Mawllynong!

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One thought on “There is hope yet: Mawllynong village in Meghalaya

  1. Ajay Reddy January 17, 2010 / 6:55 pm

    Hey Kanchuki,
    Would like to meet you up, maybe we can work together in some way. Do let me know if you would like to as well. Maybe when you are back in Hyd.

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