A resident of Seechewal, a village located about 40 km from Jalandhar and around 400 km from Delhi, an environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal has done all that he could do to keep it clean and pristine. It’s because he undertook the task of cleaning Guru Nanak’s historic river Kali Bein, the 160-km long tributary of Beas, which flows through Punjab all by himself. Singh’s low-cost underground sewage system model, also known as the Seechewal Model treats the stored sewage water in a natural way, using it for agriculture and irrigation. This model has benefitted around 50 villages and has had the envy of the Central Government of India, who have approached Singh to implement this model in the cleaning of River Ganga, as well. In January 2017, Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal was rewarded with the Padma Shri award.

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