An Indian family in a remote northern part of the country has started the construction of a 60-mile road without any government assistance.
The project, spearheaded by the family of administration service officer Armstrong Pame, told the Times of India on Saturday that the road would link the town of Tousem in Manipur with Nagaland and Assam. The government had officially approved of funding of the road in 1982 but nothing happened.
“Town doctors were unwilling to come to the village because of its inaccessible terrain,” Pame told the paper, giving a reason why the road should be built.
His brother, Jeremiah Pame, said they grew up amid hardships.
He continued: “The remoteness of our village ruined its economy; and we knew that unless there was a road, there would be no development. So, when Armstrong proposed to undertake the venture, we all threw our lot with him.”
With limited income, the Pame family said they used Facebook to raise money and later, donation centers were set up in several cities in India.
By August of this year, around 70 kilometers (43 miles) of the road have been completed.
“We hope to complete the project before Christmas,” Armstrong Pame said.
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