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India man builds road to village so children can visit

From BBC - January 11, 2018

A man in the eastern Indian state of Orissa constructed an 8km (five miles) stretch of road with just a pick axe and crowbar so his schoolgoing children could visit home more often.

Jalandhar Nayak, 45, lives in a remote village, 10km from the residential school where his three sons study.

But the commute takes three hours because the boys have to trek across five hills to visit their home.

Local officials told the BBC they would lay the remaining 7km of road.

For the last two years, he set out every morning with his tools and would spend up to eight hours of the day cutting rocks and removing boulders.

He told local reporters that he hoped his sons would be able to come home more often on weekends or holidays once the road is completed.

The 15km-long road will connect Mr Nayak's village to the town where the school is located.

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