Bihar: People work 5 Years to turn the Course of a River



Pratapgarh villagers turn ‘Manjhi’ for a river


  • Pratapgarh villagers turn ‘Manjhi’ for a river




    Summary: The entire digging work of about 18 km started in August 2011 and finished by July end this year. About 25 years ago, the irrigation department had diverted the flow of the river for `loop cutting` work to check annual flood in the area. There were three blocks which were majorly affected - Mandhta in Pratapgarh, which has a substantial part of the newly dug up stretch -- and Holgarh and Soraon in Allahabad.

    PRATAPGARH/ALLAHABAD: After five years of collective work, over 10,000 people in nearly 50 villages of Pratapgarh and Allahabad districts have been successful in bringing the Bakulahi river back to its natural course. If Bihar`s Dasrath Manjhi`s resolve to break mountain was for carving out a road, these Manjhis from Mandhata block of Pratagarh were determined to end their water woes. The entire digging work of about 18 km started in August 2011 and finished by July end this year. The dug up stretch is now already full of water barring some patches. About 25 years ago, the irrigation department had diverted the flow of the river for `loop cutting` work to check annual flood in the area. Although the flood menace was checked, the step triggered water crisis in the region.

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