MP Farmer Bhagwan Singh digs 90-feet-strong well to aid village combat drought

A poor farmer singlehandedly digs a well in 20 days up on his property in Madhya Pradesh to give his drought-hit village water for daily use and irrigation.

A poor farmer singlehandedly digs a well in 20 days up on his property in Madhya Pradesh to give his drought-hit village water for daily use and irrigation.

The effort, his fellow villagers, are actually comparing with that of Dashrath Manjhi, who singlehandedly beaten a route to give his fellow villagers a shortcut to better medical facilities.

But, it was’t not difficult for Bhagwan Singh, 38, of Nevari hamlet in Agar district. He possesses two bighas (around.8 acres) of farm land on the outskirts of the hamlet. Watching him dig a well, nearly everybody believed he'd gone insane after suffering harvest losses for two years due to water paucity.

Father of four (three daughters, one son), Bhagwan, who never went to school because of financial crisis, said, “Someplace I heard, ‘where there's a will there's a manner’ and I ardently believe in this--If Dashrath Manjhi can make a way for his people through a mountain, why not me.”

But, what made him undertake the effort?

Bhagwan said, “There is no supply of water for irrigation in our hamlet, which will be about 16 kilometers from Agar. My farm land is worthless as I can't for want of water even grow crops there. Our village has a few hand pumps. But, they're to fulfill the demand of 650 villagers.” This gave him the idea to dig a well himself, and he started digging about three weeks ago. “Everybody suspected me. But thanks to my wife and children who were constantly ” he said, adding now others too could dig wells on their pieces of land and combat drought.

His buddy Shankar said even were now bringing water from his well.

Hamlet sarpanch Rajendra Singh said Bhagwan’s attempts had drawn on the district management’s focus also, which would help villagers fight drought their way.

Agar sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Milind Dhoke appreciated Bhagwan’s efforts and said he would personally meet him and stretch him financial help.

The Agar district management has enabled farmers to dig at their farm land.

Nevertheless, other big cities and Indore have stopped granting innovative permission for digging up bore wells.