The pride of the hill was shattered by the bravery of the tribals, dozens of ‘Dasaratha Manjhi’ were found and the road was built by cutting the mountain – न्यूज़लीड India

The pride of the hill was shattered by the bravery of the tribals, dozens of ‘Dasaratha Manjhi’ were found and the road was built by cutting the mountain


The man of mighty sons like ‘Mountain Man’

According to a New Indian Express report on the road cut through a hill in Koraput’s Ghantaguda, the poor tribal people did not give the excuse of lack of means. These sons of the soil of the land of Lord Jagannath proved the proverb ‘Apne Haath Jagannath’. These people may not have heard of ‘Mountain Man’ Dashrath Manjhi, a resident of Bihar’s Gaya, but to overcome the problems of connectivity, the tribals of Koraput did it on their own to build a road by cutting hills.

6 km long road made

6 km long road made

Apart from men, women also joined shoulder to shoulder and cut the hill among the villagers who built the road. These people proved the line of the poet in which national poet Dinkar had said decades ago; “When a man exerts force, a stone becomes water.” The villagers, who came out to do collective shramdaan, cleared the bushes and constructed a 6 km long road connecting Ghantaguda to Puki Chhak in the district.

52 kilometer long journey

52 kilometer long journey

According to reports, Ghantaguda is located about 35 km from Koraput city in southern Odisha. Due to lack of road, villagers have to travel 52 km to reach here. Due to the hill, their path used to become more difficult. In such a situation, the local people decided to construct a kaccha road.

Distance reduced by 20 km from 6 km road

Distance reduced by 20 km from 6 km road

According to reports, the villagers used to struggle to reach the headquarter town for various works. The people of the tribal society who were forced to travel often had to face problems. In such a situation, Lachna Pursethi, a villager, says that by cutting the hill and making a road, the distance has been reduced by 20 km. He said that the distance of 52 km was reduced to 32 km from the 6 km road built by the villagers.

The villagers carved the hill

The villagers carved the hill

An appeal was made to the concerned authorities for the short road, but no help was received. Regarding the construction of the road in Koraput, a villager Lochan Bisoi said, “We pleaded with the authorities several times for the road, but to no avail. So, we decided to build the road ourselves,” The New Indian Express reported. He said that armed with agricultural implements like spade, sickle, machete and spade, the poor tribal villagers started carving the hill.

people rely on god

people rely on god

“We find it very difficult to reach Koraput town in the absence of direct roads. Life becomes difficult, especially at night and during the rainy season,” he said. The villagers say that when the health deteriorates, life becomes dependent on Ram. Transporting patients to Koraput Hospital is nothing short of a nightmare. God only knows how the local people keep themselves safe from the calamity.”

  Help to 4000 people of nine villages

Help to 4000 people of nine villages

The villagers said that the pucca road was constructed by the administration about 15 years ago, but due to lack of maintenance and poor quality, no sign of the road is visible. The villagers claim that the 6 kilometer kaccha road they have prepared. This will help around 4000 people of at least nine villages apart from Ghantaguda.

Road made by cutting hill 60 years ago

Road made by cutting hill 60 years ago

Dasmantpur block development officer Damburudhar Mallick said, “The village has been included in the rural connectivity program and a metalled road will be constructed soon.” Let us inform that as soon as this story of Koraput in Odisha comes to the fore, the face of Dashrath Manjhi, a resident of Bihar’s Gaya district, comes to the fore. About 60 years ago, Manjhi, an agricultural laborer from Gahlaur village near Gaya in Bihar, decided to build a road by cutting a mountain.

What is the story of Manjhi

What is the story of Manjhi

Nawazuddin Siddiqui brought this story alive in the film titled Manjhi The Mountain Man. Significantly, Manjhi’s wife had died in 1959 after falling from a mountain. Due to lack of roads, Manjhi could not even take the injured wife to the hospital in the town, 90 km away from home, and she died.

  Result of 22 years of hard work

Result of 22 years of hard work

This incident changed Dashrath Manjhi’s life. Taking the resolution of Bhagirath, Manjhi single-handedly shattered the pride of the hills by using hammer and chisel. After starting with a causeway 9.1 meters (30 ft) wide and 7.7 meters (25 ft) deep, Manjhi completed a 110-metre-long (360 ft) road. Initially, the local people kept making fun of Manjhi, but after 22 years of tireless hard work, Dashrath Manjhi’s resolve was fulfilled. The journey between Atari and Wazirganj block of Gaya district has reduced from 55 km to just 15 km. Even today people passing through here get excited.

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