With firm determination and will power, one can move a mighty mountain and Odisha’s Harihar Behera has proved the same by carving out a three-km-long road through a mountain.
A native of Tulubi village under Odogaon block in Nayagarh district, Harihar constructed the road digging mountain over a period of 30 years. His late elder brother Krushna Behera also helped him in the endeavour.
According to Harihar, many years back, a group of residents of his native village had met a minister with a plea for the construction of a road connecting their village. However, the minister reportedly said that nobody can construct a road to a hilly village like Tulubi.
The dejection drove Harihar to embark on the journey to create history and since then, after finishing works in his farmland, Harihar started devoting the remaining time for the construction of the road. After years of hard work, the 3-km-long stretch became a reality.
Dinabandhu Jani, a resident of Tulubi, said, “After the minister said none can construct a road to our village, Harihar started to carve out the road through the mountain. We also extended help to him.”
“Relatives, while visiting our village, used to forget route and get lost in the forest. Then I thought for how long will we face the problem and decide to construct the road on my own. I and my elder brother worked for the road after finishing the agricultural works and the road has become a reality now,” said Harihar.
The inspiring story of making road through the mountain is not new. In 2018, Jalandhar Nayak of Gumi village in Kandhamal had hogged the limelight for constructing 6 kilometre road for his family by cutting two mountains. Before that, Dashrath Manjhi of Bihar got the name of Mountain Man for a similar feat. The story of Dashrath Manjhi was later made into a film ‘Manjhi – The Mountain Man.’