In an era when majority of businessmen only think about making more money or profit, a diamond trader from Surat (Gujarat) is going all out to develop his native village and extend the small stretch of Thebi River that passes through it.
Puri Dunia Jeram Thesia with his wife
Mygola Thebi River
The river is the only source of water in the area, and over the years it has almost dried out.
The farmers over the years have been suffering because of depleting water, but once Thesia’s project is complete, the water stretch will not only help them get back on their feet, but also act as a lifeline for many in the area.
Wikipedia – Route of Thebi River
The project has been going on for the last last three months and to ensure its smooth operations, he even visits the site at night.
Besides the basic construction work that takes place throughout the day, at night three machines and three dumpers continue to work.
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“Three months back, the river was just 2ft deep and 70ft wide. We have now dug it up to 25 ft and widened it to nearly 700 ft. The entire stretch will be brimming with water during rains in the next two years.”
JJ Exports trades in rough and polished diamonds and has also been involved in real estate business in several parts of Surat. Thesia started this project which will not only benefit his village but also the 19 other villages in the area.
“Around 20 villages in the 5 km stretch on both sides of the river will benefit once the river is deepened. Underground water tables will rise and there will be water in the wells.”
Thesia had a bypass surgery about two years ago and is also a diabetic, but even with this he has made sure that his health doesn’t hamper the work.
A local farmer Tiku Darbar, explained how few months back he had started to deepen his farms so as to get more access to underground water, but with arrival of Thesia he has now abandoned his plan as his well “will automatically be recharged” once the project is over.
Dredging Today – Representational Image
When Thesia was asked what made him choose this project he said:
“I only dream of uplifting my native village. I have devoted my life and wealth for the betterment of villagers.”