Odisha's Daitari Nayak digs 3-km water channel through gonasika mountain



75 Year old Farmer Daitari Nayak from Talabaitarani village in Banspal block of Keonjhar district, who started digging through the Gonasika mountains in 2010 as erratic rains would fail his crops repeatedly. The only way he could get water to his barren lands was from a nearby stream that came out from Gonasika mountains.

Like Dasrath Manjhi who moved mountains to build a road in Jharkhand, 75-year-old tribal man Daitari Nayak in Odisha’s Keonjhar district carved a 3-km-long canal through a mountain helping irrigate 100 acres of lands in his village.

This project was later joined by his four brothers and eventually helped by other villagers in digging the water channel through the Gonasika mountain in Odisha Keonjhar district.

Keonjhar district collector Ashish Thakre described Nayak’s exploits as tremendous. “At his age, he has shown determination and grit. The district administration would surely help Nayak and the villagers to make the structure a concrete one. We are also planning a permanent check dam,” said Thakre.

Odisha's Daitari Nayak digs 3-km water channel through gonasika mountain
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