外文标题：Ignored by govts, Haryana villagers crowdfund Rs 1cr bridge
CHANDIGARH: You don't always need a Dashrath Manjhi to single-handedly cut through a mountain and build you a road. As residents of nine villages in Haryana's Sirsa district have shown, all you need is strong collective will to cut through a mountain of red tape.
When politicians and bureaucrats ignored their requests to build them a bridge over Ghaggar river so that they could reach Sirsa town with their farm produce faster, the villagers teamed up and collected Rs 1 crore. With it, they have funded a 250-foot-long, 14-foot-wide bridge connecting Aleeka and Panihari villages to Sirsa.
Manjhi was a poor farmhand in Bihar's Gaya district who single-handedly chiselled out a road through a 300-foot-high mountain using just a hammer and chisel. He went at the stubborn rock for 22 years starting in 1960 until he was recognized as India's Mountain Man for connecting his Gehlour village to neighbouring villages in 1982.
The Sirsa villagers had not heard of Manjhi, but knew one thing - they did not want to wait for Superman to emerge one day and end their woes. Work on the bridge started in April 2014. Today, it is near completion and the 25-member committee which is supervising the construction has requested local saint, Mahant Brahm Dass, to inaugurate it.
Once completed, the bridge will be a lifeline for 1.25 lakh people as it will cut the distance from their villages to Sirsa town by at least 30km. They will also get easier access to markets in Punjab for their farm produce.
It is a slap on the face of the politicians who make false promises before elections
rajan loknathan (Trivandrum)
Oh Great villagers. The corrupt politicians and officials have to hang their heads in shame. These villagers should vote against their present MLA and MP and should never allow the government use their bridge.
Manmohan Bhamra (Los Angeles)
Where there is a will there is a way.Congratulation now set up a toll bridge for maintenance.
KINGDIAN MATHEEW (Unknown)
Bold and good initiative by the people.
prem (San Jose )
I have a sneaking suspicion that the government can be run better by NGOs than by useless bureaucrats who have Max Weber, the "author" of bureaucracy spinning in his grave.
Kudos to villager's who joined hands done it. Nothing in the world can beat it. This is called self reliant. May be other villager's can learn from this.
Ban the vehicles of polititians and beaurocrats throu the private bridge .
Concerned Citizen (Unknown)
Since it's a private property they should collect toll from every Govt vehicle
seham renganathan (Location)
show of collective spirit and determination. well done
Hemanth Pai (Bangalore)
While the villagers are to be appreciated for their action it is also a sad reflection on the attitude of our politicians & bureaucrats.