Another Dasrath Manjhi? Yes you read that right. Jalandhar Nayak a tribal of Odisha has been making news for all the right reasons. He is on the verge of becoming 2nd Dasrath Manjhi, the man who spent 22 years to build a 360-foot-long road.
Though Nayak hasn’t spent 22 years doing something what Manjhi did but he has single-handedly been moving mountains to construct a 15 kilometer road all so that he can send his sons to schools. Jalandhar Nayak is a vegetable vendor who hails from Phulbani, Odisha.
Armed with a chisel, hammer and digging bar this ordinary vegetable vendor has incessantly worked for 2 years 8 hours a day to connect his village Gumsahi to the main road in Phulbani town of Kandhamal district. He has carved out an 8-kilometer-long stretch through hillocks and needs to extend it by another 7 kilometers in the next three years. When asked about the reason for facing such adversity he answered that the troubles faced by his sons in crossing the hillocks instigated him to take such a step.
Nayak’s efforts went unheeded until January 9. It was only when a local newspaper made a story on him the collector read it and wished to meet him in the office. The collector offered him financial support and directed the block development officer (BDO) of Phulbani to engage laborers and complete the road construction work. He later thanked the district administration for acknowledging his efforts.
“The district collector has assured me to complete the construction of the road to my village,” Nayak said. The district collector of Phulbani is quoted saying that they are planning to felicitate Nayak in Kandhamal Utsav for his hard work. “We are thinking of felicitating Jalandhar Nayak during the Kandhamal Utsav for his strong determination to construct a road in this remote part of the state,” she said.
Such stories are sure to touch hearts and inspire millions!