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


Patna, September 13

Reminding as soon as once more what a lone decided particular person can do if he units out to attain what he has aimed for, a person in Bihar’s Gaya district has dug up a 5-km-long canal in 20 years to convey irrigation water to the fields in his village.

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

Loungi was pained by the migration of youths from his drought-hit Kolithwa village, which was drought-prone because it didn’t get to retain adequate rainwater for irrigation resulting from its geographical location. The village is round 80 km from Gaya metropolis, surrounded by forest space.

Since there have been no job avenues besides agriculture, a lot of village’s youths migrated to greater cities searching for livelihood. Bhuiya was sad that largely ladies and youngsters had been left behind in his village.

Village headman Vishnupat Bhokta stated: “In August 2001, he decided to dig a canal (Paain in local language) from a natural water source in Bagetha Sahwasi forest to the village. The villagers took their cattle generally to that source for watering, which also provided sustenance to the animals living in the forest area. Loungi knew that the water source was enough to irrigate the agricultural land of the villagers. However, it was a great challenge to bring water into the village.”

“Loungi did a survey of the land and earmarked the canal route. After working relentlessly for 20 years, he managed to dig the canal that is four feet wide and three feet deep,” Bhokta added.

“Just like Dashrath Manjhi, the villagers called him ‘mad’ when he went daily to dig the canal with traditional digging equipment,” the headman stated.

“Keeping in view of his herculean efforts, the district administration also came forward with aid. The administration has now named it Loungi Canal. He also dug up a small pond (Aahar in local language) to store water in the summers for irrigation and domestic consumption.”

Dashrath Manjhi had minimize out a highway in the midst of the mountain in his native village Gehlaur with only a hammer and chisel in 22 years from 1960 to 1982. Due to his untiring efforts, the space between Gahlaur and Wazirganj was lowered from 55 km to only 15 km. IANS



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