Woman spends savings to dig up well in parched village


Kundapur: In a noble gesture, a 60-year-old woman spent her savings to help dig a well so that her village would have water to drink.

Laxmi Poojarthi, with four other women recently dug up a 52-foot deep well in Viveknagar Colony of Amparu gram panchayat, a parched village in Kundapur; the hard work produced good results and now as many as 10 households depend on water from the well.

The project was launched under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005.

The village suffers from severe water problems during summer and water had to be supplied through tankers. During other seasons, villagers are forced to walk for about two to three km to get drinking water.

The women took about three and a half months to dig the six-foot wide well. The grama panchayat paid Rs 82,000 for the project, but it fell short as the cost of installing the rings went up to Rs 1.18 lakh. Laxmi decided to put in her savings and used Rs 40,000 to complete the work.

Laxmi was abandoned by her relatives after the death of her parents.


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