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When 600 Jharkhand villagers came together and raised Rs 50 lakhs to build a road

Think Change India
25th Jun 2016
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Ten villages in Jharkhand have proved their own mettle. Around 600 people from these villages came together and built a 20km road on their own. What is noteworthy is that this exercise cost them Rs 50 lakhs as against the Rs 58 crores the government had estimated, reported News 24. As the government failed to keep to its promise of building connectivity between these villages, the villagers took it upon themselves and landed up saving large amounts of money.

Image: News 24
Image: News 24

Not only did the villagers build the one-and-a-half km stretch of road but also constructed a bridge over river Koyla which is 100 feet wide. A prominent role was played by Triloki Yadav who shared that, in 1996, a boat carrying six people had capsized, killing all those on board. Post this tragedy, the villagers kept demanding that a road and a bridge be built but all the government gave them were promises.

According to Daily Bhaskar, being crushed between Maoist violence and the red-tape of the government, the villagers summoned courage and initiated the building of the road. Goelkara was linked to these villages with the efforts.Villages of Gamhariya, Rela, Khajuria, Paraal, Kaara, Badgua and Popkada are now connected with the road. Villagers of Gamhariya told Bhaskar News that travelling between the villages and the administrative head quarters at Goelkara was very difficult without a proper road and they had requested better roads from the administration.

The villagers further said that they were compelled to independently build the road as there seemed no other respite from the poor conditions. This road has been built from personal money the villagers collected as donations towards road-building. The villagers commenced work on 28 February this year and by completing it in record time have displayed strength in their unity.

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