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Youths pave way for village growth

- Potmo residents take up shovel and spade to construct kutcha road

Hazaribagh, Feb. 2: The young brigade of a remote hamlet in Saria block of Giridih has shown the way. For, they have come together to link their nondescript village to the main town of Giridih.

Around 40 youngsters of Potmo, a village situated about 65kms from the district headquarters, are constructing a 4km-long kutcha road to link it with Giridih. The kutcha road will take them to Saria-Rajdhanwar main road that connects to the main town. Male members of each and every family come for the shram daan between 10am and 3pm everyday.

At present, even to reach Saria block office that is located about 12kms away, the residents have to take a detour of 9kms via Nawada or Fakiraprahi villages. But, once this kutcha road is ready, as many as 1,200 villagers of Potmo and many others of Fakriprahi, Sabalpur, Uro and Jharha will benefit. Villagers will soon be able to ride bicycles and even drive small vehicles on this stretch.

The youths, led by one Pankaj Prasad, formed NGO Roshni and started work about two weeks ago. Though initially the residents resisted the idea, Prasad and his band of men convinced them after much persuasion.

“The Saria-Rajdhanwar passes near our village. We realised that if we managed to get a road connecting to this important arterial stretch, it will be of great convenience to our village in many ways,” said Prasad and his friends.

At present, he added, villagers spend hours to go to the market to sell vegetables. “We even face extreme difficulty whenever there is a medical emergency,” said Prasad. But such inconvenience will soon be a thing of the past, as the kutcha road will be ready very soon. “We will construct the 4km-long and 10ft-wide kutcha road in another few days,” Prasad added.

Potmo has a primary school and an anganwadi centre and the local villagers are mostly farmers.

Local resident Nageshwar Mahto (60) lauded the effort of the youngsters. “They have really shown us the way,” said the elderly man.

Prasad said they their NGO Roshni would take up other works without waiting for government funds.