MP: Tribal shepherd donates 1,000 sqft land to build water tank
Meet 57-years-old shepherd Thenku Prasad Banwasi, who has donated 1,000 sqft land out of his three acres land for enabling the construction of an overhead water tank.
Published: 12th September 2022 07:56 AM | Last Updated: 12th September 2022 08:44 AM | A+A A-
BHOPAL: In an era, where battle for land often turns gory and precious human lives are lost in disputes, a shepherd in tribal dominated Dindori district of Madhya Pradesh has donated his land to quench the long standing thirst of his village.
Meet 57-years-old shepherd Thenku Prasad Banwasi, who has donated 1,000 sqft land out of his three acres land for enabling the state’s public health engineering (PHE) department to build an overhead water tank, which holds the promise of ending the long standing water woes of 4,500 residents of Bargaon village in Shahpura block of Dindori district.
“Though my livelihood emanates from taking the cattle of our villagers daily for grazing on the grassland, the small tract of land helps me grow something for my family. But growing something for the family becomes secondary in front of the long standing water woes of the villagers. I’ve donated a part of the land to ensure that the water tank will end the water woes forever."
"I appeal to the state’s CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to ensure that the water related problems of the village end soon,” the tribal shepherd said on Sunday.
Won over by the shepherd’s land donation, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted, “By donating 1,000 sq ft land for the Nal Jal Yojana, Thenku Banwasi has done a venerable work. I salute him for this great effort.”
Bargaon village has long been troubled by inadequate availability of water.
Particularly during the summers, women and children from the village’s two parts, Banwasi Mohalla and Shankar Tola, have to travel 2.3 km to fetch water from the Salgi river.