Good News: Bihar man carves out 3km long canal in 30 years
Gaya : If you work in a direction with full dedication, results do come. A Bihar man's story is a synonym to the statement. 30-year-long effort and 3 km long canal will now irrigate the fields of a village, Kothilawa in Lahthua area of Gaya in Bihar.
"It took me 30 years to dig this canal which takes the water to a pond in the village," said Laungi Bhuiyan who has dug out the canal single-handedly in Gaya.
"For the last 30 years, I would go to the nearby jungle to tend my cattle and dig out the canal. No one joined me in this endeavour... Villagers are going to cities to earn a livelihood but I decided to stay back," he added.
Kothilwa village is surrounded by dense forest and the main source of livelihood for its residents are farming and animal husbandry.
During the rainy season, the water falling from the mountains used to flow into the river which used to bother Bhuiyan following which he thought of carving out a canal.
"He has been carving out the canal for the last 30 years that too single-handedly. This will benefit a large number of animals and to irrigate the fields as well. He is not doing it for his own benefit but for the entire area," said Patti Manjhi, a local.