30 Years To Build A Road By Hand, Meet Nayagarh’s ‘Mountain Man’ Harihar

Nayagarh: There was no direct road to Tulubi village in Banthapur gram panchayat of Nayagarh district, connecting the hilly hamlet to mainland. As many as 30 years of relentless efforts by Harihar Behera and his elder brother has resulted in a kutcha road, which now leads to Tulubi.

The road, approximately two kilometres long has come as a blessing to the natives of Tulubi who underwent unfathomable woes due to inaccessibility. Today, because of the noble endeavour of Harihar and his brother, people can commute on through the road built by the sibling-duo.

Tulubi is inhabited by tribal people of Banthapur panchayat in Odagaon block of the district. The village is located on a hilly terrain, and had no access to transportation in the past.

Unperturbed by the delays due to red-tapism, Harihar and his brother decided to take up the task on their own. It started with clearing the shrubs, branches, small trees, to removing the rocks and laying stones with the help of carts.

“Earlier, our relatives used to get lost in the woods. The route to our village was treacherous. Today, at least our children can go to school at ease, and the elders can commute to the nearby Haat, for trade and purchase. Things worked out for us. I thank the people of our village Tulubi for their immense support to our efforts,” the ‘Mountain Man’ of Nayagarh said.

“We faced a lot of troubles during these 30 years. Today, when people commute on this road, I remember by brother who is no more. He would be surely happy and smiling from the heavens seeing our people travelling on this stretch,” said Harihar.

Today, even a four wheeler can reach close to the village, he said. Harihar and villagers of Tulubi urged the local administration to help them give a better shape to the rudimentary road.

The work by Harihar and his brother is awe-inspiring. They did not sit back cursing fate, but decided to pave way to their village on their own. Today, Harihar, the local hero, is suffering from a kidney disease. But his efforts to make the route more accessible continues, with a hope to have a pucca road to Tulubi one day.

Harihar Behera, Tulubi Village, Nayagarh