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

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Loungi was pained by the migration of youths from his drought-hit Kolithwa village

Patna, September 13

Reminding once again what a lone determined person can do if he sets out to achieve what he has aimed for, a man in Bihar’s Gaya district has dug up a 5-km-long canal in 20 years to bring 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, another native of Bihar who cut a road through a hill near his village in 22 years.

, which was drought-prone as it did not get to retain sufficient rainwater for irrigation due to its geographical location. The village is around 80 km from Gaya city, surrounded by forest area.

Since there were no job avenues except agriculture, a large number of village’s youths migrated to bigger cities in search of livelihood. Bhuiya was unhappy that mostly women and children were left behind in his village.

Bihar: A man has carved out a 3-km-long canal to take rainwater coming down from nearby hills to fields of his village, Kothilawa in Lahthua area of Gaya. Laungi Bhuiyan says, “It took me 30 years to dig this canal which takes the water to a pond in the village.” (12.09.2020) pic.twitter.com/gFKffXOd8Y — ANI (@ANI) September 12, 2020

Village headman Vishnupat Bhokta said: “In August…

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