In a village called Bharatpara of the Bagbahara block of the district, there are three small ponds but all three are dry. The local administration installed seven handpumps in the area yet none of them provides adequate supply of water.
According to Dainik Bhaskar, the decision to dig up the well was taken by the village head Mojo Manjhi. His family took up the otherwise excruciating task without the use of modern equipment and finished it in record time.
Their efforts remind us of Bapurao Tajne, the Dalit labourer who dug up a well in 40 days working alone in Kalambeshwar village in Washim district of Maharashtra.
There is a metalled road inside the village but there is no such road that would lead to the village.
There is a school but the village boasts of only one literate – a woman called Saybani.
One big problem is the geography of the region – the valley terrain does not allow water to stay still at a place making it impossible to preserve it.
The villagers are now contemplating moving to a location near a place where availability of water is not a problem.