Friday, June 26, 2009

Fazilka revives ‘sanjha chullah’

Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 25
Residents of Fazilka town have initiated an eco-friendly move towards social uplift by reviving the concept of "sanjha chullah" (common oven), first started by Guru Nanak Dev. Conceptualised by the Graduates Welfare Association, Fazilka, under their mission of promoting education, environment and employment in the Fazilka region as part of a pilot study, the concept was launched there today.

According to Navdeep Asija, semi-urban and rural localities have been brought under the project. It will benefit locals in many ways. Besides saving around 50 per cent cost on fuel, it will also replace conventional LPG and thereby reducing carbon emissions. It will also create better social economic structure in the neighbourhood and help in better social interaction leading to friendlier and crime-free community.

The project will also look at the impact of community participation on the crime rate, cost of cooking, domestic and on street violence, etc.

As a pilot project, around 10 sanjha chullahs were set up today in the Nai Abadi locality of Fazilka near all religious places or places where community members gather, keeping in view the security of women during night hours. According to the association, one-year observation on key indicators shall be made to establish the success story of the project across the region.

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