Tell me how to reach the huge Chinese market in Phuket The Phuket News The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas
The Phuket News World News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

‘India’s cleanest village’ clings on to its serenity

INDIA: In the tiny hamlet of Mawlynnong in India’s far north east, plastic is banned and spotless paths are lined with flowers – but its reputation as Asia’s cleanest village has proved a mixed blessing.

environment,


AFP

Saturday 12 March 2016, 11:53AM


In Mawlynnong, bamboo dustbins stand at every corner, volunteers sweep the streets at regular intervals and large signs order visitors not to litter. Photo: Biju Boro/AFP
In Mawlynnong, bamboo dustbins stand at every corner, volunteers sweep the streets at regular intervals and large signs order visitors not to litter. Photo: Biju Boro/AFP

Until 2003 no tourists visited the remote community of 500 inhabitants high in the mountains of Meghalaya state, which had no roads and was accessible only by foot.

Home to the Khasi tribal people, Mawlynnong is famous for being a rare matrilineal society, where property and wealth are passed on from the mother to her youngest daughter and children take their mother’s surname.

In recent years the village has become known for another reason – its exceptional cleanliness, far removed from the noise and dirt of India's big cities.

Bamboo dustbins stand at every corner, volunteers sweep the streets at regular intervals and large signs order visitors to throw away plastic packaging: littering is sternly frowned upon.

“We clean every day because our grandparents and our ancestors have taught us how to clean the village and the surrounding area, because it’s good for our health,” said Baniar Mawroh, a teenager sitting at the entrance of her small but gleaming family home.

After the village built its first road 12 years ago, a journalist from Discover India travel magazine wrote a now-infamous article naming it the cleanest village in Asia.

The trickle of tourists became a flood, with visitors now reaching 250 a day in high season, swelling the village’s population by 50 per cent.

But the accolades have brought several downsides.

“Now there is noise pollution. I’ve talked to the village council which has written to the government to build a new parking lot further away,” said Rishot Khongthohrem, 51, a guesthouse owner.

Deepak Laloo, a former official of the Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum, advised the village in the early stages of its tourism development but fears for the impact of the visitor influx.

Coast Beach Club

“There’s no more privacy. A woman is washing her clothes, she’s being photographed,” he said.

“That social bond which binds the village together is disintegrating,” he said.

Mawlynnong’s concern for hygiene emerged about 130 years ago when an outbreak of cholera struck.

With no medical facilities in the village, cleanliness was seen as vital to prevent the spread of disease.

“Christian missionaries told our ancestors: you can protect yourself from the plague (cholera) only if you maintain good hygiene, be it at home, with food, on your land, in the village, or for your body,” Mr Khongthohrem said.

Mawlynnong maintained its fastidious habits and has gone on to other achievements, eradicating open defecation – prevalent across much of rural India – with toilets for each of its approximately 95 households.

The village has even been hailed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an autumn radio address imploring Indians to erase the poor national image of rubbish-strewn highways and monuments under his Clean India campaign.

“I was amazed to know that there is such a village in remote north-east, Meghalaya which is so passionately carrying the mission of cleanliness for years,” he said.

While the pristine village is proud of its achievements, some believe it must limit visitor numbers to protect the well-being of its inhabitants.

“They must learn to regulate the number of tourists and to say no at some point,” tourism expert Laloo said.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
CAPTCHA
Forget your password?

Kurt | 13 March 2016 - 19:37:33

Looks like a perfect 'study village' for Phuket authorities to visit and learn there how to clean up Phuket and teach thai phuketians to keep Phuket clean.

It is a mentality issue, not a money issue.
Mhh, thinking of that, because they can not make money out of it, it has no interest among the Phuketians.

The Phuket News

Yoda | 13 March 2016 - 10:16:14

Hmmm...are you listening Phuket officials?

The Phuket News
Matches 2 result(s)
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Phuket teacher escapes injury from high-speed crash

"No charges have been laid yet" It is more than likely that the teacher will be fined for not giving way! After all the poor Thai driver ha...(Read More)


Coral damage off Phuket forces tour clampdown

This is the best good news in years,please Phuket News can you follow up on this story !!I knew how this islands did look 25 years ago and never under...(Read More)


‘Free’ meth lands three behind bars in Ayutthaya

By the looks of this photo, if you could add all their brains together you would have enough to equal a healthy 10 year old...that has never been to s...(Read More)


Coral damage off Phuket forces tour clampdown

Good news...and I hope it keeps going and they start banning commercial activities all over. The greedy tour operators do not know how to manage anyt...(Read More)


Phuket Poll: How to best prevent more Phuket beach drownings?

Christy...sure, not a problem. I have more chance of being hit by lightning standing under a tree sheltering from the rain than on a platform on the b...(Read More)


Coral damage off Phuket forces tour clampdown

This is the start of the decline of tours with speedboats as those illegal restaurants on tiny islands were the places to provide lunch and restrooms ...(Read More)


Phuket teacher escapes injury from high-speed crash

Another fool driver. I hope this stupid kid hurt himself real good...maybe it will make him think twice about driving like an a-hole in the future. ...(Read More)


EU gives Thailand six more months to tackle illegal fishing

Considering Thailand's "greed-based" economy, it is no wonder that things are slow to happen. Thailand needs to get hit in the wallet b...(Read More)


Major Buddhist holiday brings alcohol ban to Phuket

Joe12- This wasn't about abiding by the law, it was about whether people agreed with the law. I'd wager 99% of Thais agree that there should ...(Read More)


Russian computer programmer found dead in Phuket

Are police that are women required to wear short, tight skirts and kitten heels while on duty, and does anyone really think those masks will keep out...(Read More)

The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
THAI VISA
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Travel
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2016 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.