When Government Turned Deaf, Haryana Villagers Crowdfunded Rs 1 Crore To Build Bridge

The Logical Indian

July 4th, 2015 / 11:11 AM

There are numerous instances of our politicians and bureaucrats ignoring the needs of the people. In fact, we have been habituated to blame the governments for a number of issues, often rightly so. But there are only a few instances where people have taken upon themselves the responsibility of fulfilling their needs when the govt. turned them down.

Fed up with their requests being ignored by the govt., residents of nine villages in Haryana’s Sirsa district teamed up and collected Rs. 1 crore to build a bridge over the Ghaggar river. The bridge was quite essential as it would cut the distance from the villages to Sirsa town by 30 km. About 1.25 lakh people will be benefitted from this construction as it will give them easier access to markets in Punjab for their farm produce.

The construction of the 250-foot-long, 14-foot-wide bridge started in April 2014 and is near completion now.

“We have no place for politicians or bureaucrats in our list of invitees for the bridge’s inauguration,” says Hardev Singh of Panihari village. “For us, a labourer who contributed Rs 500 and a widow who contributed her pension of Rs 1,000 are more important than those who fooled us for more than three decades.”

“From Devi Lal to current chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, we had represented our case to all. Except for Sirsa MP Charanjit Singh Rori and former minister Gopal Kanda who contributed Rs 1 lakh and Rs 5.51 lakh respectively from their personal funds no one even bothered to look at us,” added Singh.

The Logical Indian salutes the indomitable spirits of the residents of these nine villages. At the same time, we hope that the taxpayers’ money will be properly utilized henceforth.

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