Kerala: Semi-paralysed man digs out motorable road in three years

The 59-year-old man got his hands on a pickaxe, a shovel, and carved out a 200-metre stretch of kachha road through the plateau, working 6 hours daily for the past three years.

Kerala: Semi-paralysed man digs out motorable road in three years

Sasi Gangadharan, a semi-paralysed coconut tree climber from the outskirts of Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram district has carved out a 200-metre stretch of kachha road through the plateau, working 6 hours daily for the past three years.

Gangadharan, who fell down from a coconut tree 18-years ago, became semi-paralysed with the right side of his body and he was bedridden for years, with no job or source of income.


Gangadharan reached out to the panchayat to help him with a three-wheeler to set up a small business, but they turned down his repeated requests stating that there is no motorable road till his house, says a report in India Today.

Seeing no reply from the panchayat the man with an iron will decided to make things work, all by himself. The 59-year-old man got his hands on a pickaxe, a shovel, and carved out a 200-metre stretch of
kachha road through the plateau, working 6 hours daily for the past three years

"The old route to my house was from above that plateau. I used to slip and fall, my clothes tore. That is when I requested the panchayat to give me a three wheeler so that I could go do some small business. They said what's the point in giving you the vehicle when you have no road there?," Gangadharan told India Today.

Omana, Gangadharan's wife says that her husband  did all this by himself without any help from the panchayat or the neighbours. But then there were people who complained that he was causing them trouble, that he was selling the mud he was digging out.

Gangadharan even had cases filed against him for causing nuisance to the neighbours by digging the plateau.

Gangadharan said he is almost done with the work, and hopes to get a three-wheeler so that he could do something support his family financially.