He may not be Gaya’s mountain man, Dashrath Manjhi, but this 70-year-old from Chhatarpur is no less. His spirit is equally indomitable.
Sitaram Lodhi single-handedly dug a 33-feet deep well in 18 months in parched Chhatarpur district of Bundelkhand region to tackle the water crisis ignoring the resistance and reluctance of his family members. A resident of Hadua village under Pratapura village panchayat of Chhatarpur, Sitaram started work for the the well late in the year 2015 — which was completed only in 2017.
Unfortunately, the well collapsed during monsoon as without government’s help, Sitaram could not get the walls plastered.
“After 18 months and 33 feet, we got water in the well. It was good water and everyone was happy. But, the happiness did not last long as during monsoon the water level rose in the well and the walls collapsed within.”
Such people should be immediately provided help from the government or from individuals or some NGO.
Read more of this in a report by Amarjeet Singh published in The Times of India....