Bihar man digs 5-km canal to carry water to his village


Patna, September 13

A person in Bihar’s Gaya district has carved out a 5-km canal in over 20 years to carry irrigation water to the fields in his village.

The feat of Loungi Bhuiyan, a resident of Kolithwa village, makes one recall the toil of ‘Mountain Man’ Dashrath Manjhi, one other native of Bihar who lower a highway by way of a hill close to his village in 22 years.

Bhuiyan was pained by the migration of youth from his drought-hit Kolithwa village, which was drought-prone, because it couldn’t retain enough rainwater for irrigation as a consequence of its geographical location. The village is round 80 km from Gaya metropolis and is surrounded by a forest space.

20-year toil

Vishnupat Bhokta, village head

In August 2001, Loungi Bhuiyan determined to dig a canal from a pure water supply. He did a survey of the land and earmarked the canal route. The administration has named it Loungi Canal.

Since there have been no job avenues besides agriculture, numerous village youths migrated to larger cities in quest of livelihood. Bhuiya was sad that largely girls and youngsters have been left behind in his village.

Village head Vishnupat Bhokta mentioned, “In August 2001, he decided to dig a canal from a natural water source in Bagetha Sahwasi forest to the village. Bhuiyan knew the water source was enough to irrigate the agricultural land of villagers. However, it was a great challenge to bring water into the village.” “Bhuiyan did a survey of the land and earmarked the canal route. After working relentlessly for 20 years, he managed to dig the canal, which is 4-ft wide and 3-ft deep,” mentioned Bhokta. — IANS



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