by NEWSNER , 2021-08-05 19:08:30
Residents of Tulubi, a distant village in Odisha's Nayagarh district, petitioned the government thirty years ago for a three-kilometer road across the hills and forest to connect their village to the main road. The plan was, however, rejected by the administration. The minister reportedly told them that the mission was impossible.
They simply desired a pedestrian-friendly path so that people would not become disoriented. That's when Harihar Behera and his brother Krushna concluded that if they wanted a road, they'd have to build it themselves. They got to work with nothing more than a hammer, a hoe, and a crowbar. Harihar was in his mid-twenties at the time, and he is now 57 years old.
Harihar Behera would spend the remainder of the day building the road after a day of working on his crops. He and his brother have spent the last 30 years chipping away at the hills with a hammer, bringing his vision to life.
"We couldn't possibly go to a nearby town. Relatives who came to visit our village used to get lost in the forest because they forgot the route. We requested the district government for roads in the village about 30 years ago, but no one listened, so my brother and I built the road ourselves... After finishing the agricultural job, my older brother and I went to work on the road. Later, additional villagers stepped in to assist, "Harihar said that he didn't have a choice.
Harihar Behera chose Nepal, another remote village populated by tribals, to lay down a road after finishing his job in his village. However, the state intervened this time after he had laid roughly 300 metres of rock and constructed a concrete all-weather road.