A 70-year-old man from Bihar has spent thirty long years to carve out a three-kilometre-long canal at Kothilawa village in Lathua area of Gaya. Commendably, he has done this all by himself for the betterment of the people in his village.
The concern of rainwater coming down from nearby hills to the fields in his village could be dangerous for the ones living there as well as the farms. Laungi Bhuiyan took the initiative to get some solution with a view to save water, however, it took his three long decades. Quoting to the media, Laungi said,
It took me 30 years to dig this canal which takes the water to a pond in the village. I did it on my own without anyone’s help in Gaya.
Adding further, he said,
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.
The Kothilawa village is around 80 km away from Gaya district headquarters which is surrounded
by dense forest and mountains. This village also happens to be marked as a refuge for Maoists. The main livelihood for the locals here is farming and animal husbandry.
Whenever the rainy season would arrive, the water falling from the mountains used to flow into the river and that kept bothering Bhuiyan. This is when he had decided of carving out a canal. He toiled very hard considering he was alone. The sole objective was to save water that flew down from the mountains, thereby, making it an advantage for the villagers.
Patti Manjhi, a local says,
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.
Even teachers residing in the village are praising Bhuiyan as Ram Vilas Singh applauded him for his gesture to benefit the villagers and their fields. He said,
A lot of people will benefit here. People are now getting to know him because of his work.
Here’s how social media reacted to the story!
Nothing is impossible if you have patience, courage, honesty, dedication and determination🤘🏻
Hats off to Sh. Laungi Bhuiyan ji for inspiring millions and billions🙏🏻 https://t.co/RcHvQy5tr6
— Anubhav Mohanty (@AnubhavMohanty_) September 14, 2020
Laungi Bhuiyan from Bihar who has carved out a 3-km-long canal single-handedly to take rainwater coming down from nearby hills to fields of his village.
— Anita Chauhan (@anita_chauhan80) September 14, 2020
Stories like Laungi Bhuiyan & Dashrat Manjhi- Mountain man, reinforces belief in human endeavour. But, sadly, it also raises questions, what was our administration doing ? https://t.co/hLlWnv2WJo
— Lt Gen K J Singh (@kayjay34350) September 14, 2020
One Man Army!
Salute to this man’s dedication and hard work towards Water Conservation.🙏🏻👏👏
If Laungi Bhuiyan can give 30 years of his life, you can definitely give a minute to close any dripping tap that you sight open. pic.twitter.com/PN9zUdElcv
— Ministry of Jal Shakti #StayHome 🏘️#StaySafe (@MoJSDoWRRDGR) September 14, 2020
Unbelievable! Laungi Bhuiyan ji’s Dedication & Hardwork for 30 years to Dig Canal of 3km long to end Water scarcity of His village in Bihar is remarkable.
But does he deserve to suffer for 30 years to dig just 3km?
Isn’t Its failure of Govt body irrespective of Party in power? https://t.co/gDSpwxWVs9
— Kartik Shrivastava (@TheOutspokenBoy) September 13, 2020
Shri Laungi Bhuiyan worked 30 years to dig out a canal to use the rainwater runoff from the hills. He is a hero 🙏 https://t.co/HfQutgZiUk
— Sudha Ramen IFS 🇮🇳 (@SudhaRamenIFS) September 13, 2020
People will rally behind drug addict Rhea & team but for 30 years none came to know about this poor man’s yeoman service. We have a load of paid Journalists who will make Criminals popular as Stars & Activists. Hope @PMOIndia @narendramodi recognises this poor man’s service🙏🌹
— indirakutty (@chimnibai) September 13, 2020