Tired Of Unkept Promises, This Haryana Village Crowdfunded Rs 1 Crore To Build A Bridge

01/07/2015 8:59 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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TO GO WITH STORY 'INDIA-MONSOON-ECONOMY-FARM-DROUGHT' by Rupam Jain Nair Indian farmer Rameshwar Dayal (3R) speaks to Preet Singh (5L), a member of the All India Kisan Sabha (All India Farmers' Union) while surrounded by other local farmers in the village of Kherikhummar, in the northern state of Haryana on July 26, 2012. India's monsoon rains which lash the country each summer arrived late and have been feeble since, leading to hardship for hundreds of millions of farmers. The much-romanticised annual downpour that varies in strength from region to region is a lifeline for him and approximately two thirds of the 1.2-billion population who depend on agriculture for their incomes. AFP PHOTO/Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/GettyImages)

Protest against bureaucracy and red tapism in India is not uncommon. But, not often will you see a bunch of people rising up against it to make a difference.

Villagers from Haryana's Sirsa district just set a perfect example for the rest of us by crowdfunding Rs 1 crore to build a bridge for their daily commute.

According to an Economic Times report, Haryana villagers wanted a bridge over Ghaggar river so that they could reach Sirsa town with their farm produce faster to get easier access to markets in Punjab. When their plea to politicians and bureaucrats fell on deaf ears, they teamed up to built a 250-foot-long, 14-foot-wide bridge.

The bridge connects Aleeka and Panihari villages to Sirsa.

One of the villagers, Hardev Singh, told Economic Times that they are not inviting any politicians for the inauguration.

"For us, a labourer who contributed Rs 500 and a widow who contributed her pension of Rs 1,000 are more important than those who fooled us for more than three decades,'' he said.

Hardev Singh was the man who came up with the idea of building the bridge. On a visit to Rajasthan, Singh came across an engineer who was supervising construction of a government bridge. Singh then discussed the idea with his fellow villagers and decided to make their own bridge.

The construction work that started in April last year, is near completion now. Once completed, the bridge will be a lifeline for 1.25 lakh people.

Recently, fed up with the civic authorities who failed to repair a pothole in the middle of the Sulthanpalya Main Road in north Bangalore, artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy turned the giant pothole into an artificial pond by planting the life sized crocodile in it.

After his pictures grabbed some attention on social media, the Bangalore municipal corporation covered up the pothole in just a day.

If you had doubts about the power of 'Aam Aadmi', the Haryana villagers story will make you believe otherwise.

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