A Fight Against Water Crisis : No Government Help , Four ‘Bahu’ Dug A Well In Desert Land in Lambahaldu village
Four ‘Bahus’ (daughter- in- Law) of a family dug a 40-feet deep and 20-feet wide well in the hot desert
Dashrath Manjhi of Bihar carved a road through the mountain for those of his village.
Something similar happened in Lambahaldu village, approximately 130 kilometers from Udaipur city.
A fight from the long-standing problem of water disaster in the hamlet, four ‘Bahus’ (daughter- in- Law) of a family dug out a 40-feet deep and 20-feet wide well in the hot desert, using only chisels and hammers. It took them three years to finish the building which brought its first well to Lambahaldu.
A parched village
Located in the deserts of Rajasthan, the hot and sultry climate of Lambahaldu makes life rough for the villagers. Lack of government initiatives and low typical precipitation level add to the problem. Since independence, Lambahaldu hasn't had even just one well. Over the years, as the crisis grew, the villagers started to need the construction of wells to guarantee a continuous supply of water in their houses. Based on the women of Lambahaldu, a government official once seen the village to explore the problem, however, without effect.
Water deficiency has disturbed the lifestyle of the village people. Farming is done only through the monsoon season because of unavailability of ground water and for drinking water by walking for miles in summers and digging pits in the rainy season, girls are compelled to create alternate arrangements.
The village Sarpanch is, in addition, apathetic to the condition of the villagers.
As all doors shut for the villagers of Lambahaldu, four girls of a family chose to take the matter in their very own hands.
The women dug as their faces were hit by rock particles
The weather worked against them, but the women continued liking as stone particles hit their faces and also the scorching heat parched their throats.
3 years after, Lambahaldu got its first well.
Munni, the youngest among four the daughter in laws, shown that they began digging the well with just chisels and hammers when the guys refused to help.
When the men of the hamlet were unwilling to dig the well “, we made a decision to construct it ourselves. After digging 7 feet, we reached the layer of rocks. We used only chisels and hammers, to chop them. As small bits of rocks kept bursting and hitting us in the mouth and the eyes, we started digging while covering our faces using a fabric.”
“This is the situation for the last ten years,” she included.
The family is made to cultivate winter crops, but that hardly reaps gains. “Somehow cultivating Rabi crops is possible. But that doesn’t attract us more than Rs 10,000 in 4 months”, she said.
Excavation daily till six in the evening
The four women used to work every single day from 8 AM to 6 PM. After cooking meals for the family in the morning, their work would begin. The single time they took a rest was the monsoons.
The well was constructed with the motive to give water to all the passersby as well as the village inhabitants.
“Excavation is still going on. After the clear water comes out, we shall make water tankers for passersby to Udaipur” in route, said one of the women.
The building of the well is a boon for Lambahaldu.
The Logical Indian applauds the efforts of the four bahus who built the initial well in a desert village. Hopefully that their initiative functions as an inspiration for a lot of others.