Model Urban Village


Vatavaran has pioneered the concept of a Model Urban Village. We decided to work with urban villages in a holistic manner; we worked not only for environmental causes but tried to work with their lifestyles in ways that would benefit them, as they saw fit.


This was where we started and developed the whole process. Here’s a brief overview of what w did.

Systematic research was carried out in the village, it was mapped, and we collected data from various sources that helped us understand the village better. We worked with the government, with Municipal Corporation of Delhi, with the Archaeological Survey of India and other such organizations to help better the area. We also worked with the people – the men, the women, the children. Some of the particular things we managed were:

  • Requested Archaeological Survey of India to repair the historic monuments
  • Pressurized the government of National Capital Territory Delhi to remake roads
  • Municipal Corporation Delhi to remove tons of ‘melba’ or rubble
  • Planted road side trees, household plants and some medicinal plants
  • Distributed protective gears to the waste collectors coming from a far off slum
  • Held a local fair called ‘ShahpurHaat’ with the cooperation of Max-India Foundation
  • Held medical talks, general health camps, undertook special treatment of ill, operation of children with congenial problems like split lip for the residents of BalmikiSamaj and the waste collectors of ShahpurJat
  • Undertook academic classes for dropouts from schools
  • Counselled alcoholic men who abused their wives
  • Counselled women on self-sustenance, economic upliftment and their rights.

The project has done what it could, and has hopefully improved some lives if not the façade too much.



Have you ever heard about zero waste village? A village which is 100% eco-friendly? Vatavaran established replicable and original model for urban society, scientific and zero landfill system as an ideal way how to solve solid waste management

Recently the project is happening in Aliyar and Dhana villages on the request of the Maruti Suzuki India which is working in that area. Aliyar and Dhana were in the past agricultural villages. With the development of the city, the land was bought by HSIDC and sold to the industry companies who established their plants. The land was taken and the owners got reimbursements with which they rebuilt their buildings for rents but most of the people who worked on the land had lost everything. People lost jobs and the lack of skills which were needed for the possible job positions made the situation even worse. The area got industrialized. Owners of land became the landlords of the buildings. The rest became unemployed and poor. Unemployment has increased alcoholism. On the other hand population of the villages is still growing. Most of the buildings have around 45 rooms and in every room lives 2 to 4 tenants. The lack of space and no proper waste management made the villages dirty and unhealthy for their habitants.

Waste is lying everywhere around. Some of the families just throw the garbage every single day in the nearest empty field. Some waste is collected by rag pickers who are a very important part in the chain of recycling. Still, a huge part of waste finds its place in the land.

Vatavaran has decided to help these villages with Zero Waste model. They will organize training for thousands of villagers to dispose off the waste at the right place and in the right way. The present empty area, which is full of trash will be reconstructed and used for separation and storage of recyclables. The biodegradable waste will be used to produce energy.  Paper will be recycle as well raw materials. A part of the project is also green building and self help groups. Stitching, mushroom and neem products unit would primarily empower the women of the twin villages and raise the economic status of the villages.  Vatavaran′s Zero waste project will not just take care of the waste material, but will also provide electricity in the village, empower the women, make rag pickers waste mangers, brings equality and create green jobs for the inhabitants. 

Vatavaran's plan:

  • 1. Biodegradable waste to energy production
  • 2. Paper recycling unit
  • 3. Card board recycling unit
  • 4. Construction blocks from C&D waste
  • 5. Self help groups
  • 6. Rag pickers to waste managers
  • 7. Water conservation

Vatavaran finsihed first part of the Awareness program:

  • Training for Waste managers
  • Soft skill workshop
  • Street play
  • Waste to Art
  • Wall art


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