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Indian villager takes 14 years to dig tunnel through mountain
Guardian ^ | Dec 1, 2009 | Randeep Ramesh

Posted on 12/18/2009 2:53:04 PM PST by posterchild

An Indian villager burrowed for 14 years with a hammer and chisel to cut a tunnel through a mountain so that his neighbours could reach nearby fields and he could park his truck outside his home.

Ramchandra Das, 53, who lives in eastern Bihar state, carved a 10m-long, 4m-wide tunnel through the hill range from his village of Kewati. Das took up the Herculean task after villagers found the 7km trek over the mountain increasingly arduous.

When the authorities refused to help to cut the journey time, Das began carving his way through the earth in the direction of the nearest big town, Atri. The job became more pressing when Das became the first man to own a truck in the village and was unable to drive it to his home.

"I could not park my truck near my house since the mountain blocked my path," he told Reuters. Das said he was also afraid of bandits stealing his truck. "I had to leave my truck miles away, so I decided to do something about it myself," Das said by telephone.

Local villagers, who previously had to trek around the mountain, are now using the tunnel to get to work.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


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That's some serious dedication to a task.
1 posted on 12/18/2009 2:53:05 PM PST by posterchild
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Yes, I’d say that’s right up there with the Protestant work ethic.


2 posted on 12/18/2009 2:56:48 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: posterchild
Its good they weren’t in too much of a hurry.
3 posted on 12/18/2009 2:58:40 PM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: posterchild

And people here gripe about shoveling the driveway L0L


4 posted on 12/18/2009 2:58:40 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: posterchild

Wow. Just wow.


5 posted on 12/18/2009 2:58:57 PM PST by DemforBush (Now officially 100% ex-Democrat.)
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To: posterchild

If I had a hammer, I’d hammer in the evening...


6 posted on 12/18/2009 2:59:15 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: posterchild
14 feet wide and 8 miles long.
7 posted on 12/18/2009 2:59:31 PM PST by TChad
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To: posterchild
An Indian villager burrowed for 14 years with a hammer and chisel to cut a tunnel through a mountain

Local engineers were long gone after routing a road around the edifice
and blasting a railway through the heart of the mountain.

The villager wept in sorrow.

8 posted on 12/18/2009 3:00:28 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: posterchild

10m long by 4m wide...

is that 10 miles or 10 meters? 10 meters doesn’t seem that far


9 posted on 12/18/2009 3:01:07 PM PST by sten
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To: posterchild
If there were an EPA in India or had this been an American who did this near his property, he would be tossed into the hoosgow and the key tossed in the other direction.

Thank you, President Nixon.

10 posted on 12/18/2009 3:02:19 PM PST by j.argese
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To: TChad

ok, THAT makes more sense


11 posted on 12/18/2009 3:02:33 PM PST by sten
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To: posterchild
10m-long, 4m-wide tunnel through the hill range

What kind of hills are only 10 meters thru them?

12 posted on 12/18/2009 3:04:05 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: posterchild
If he did that here he'd have been shot dead by the feds after being found to have violated over a hundred land use and permitting policies, as well as doing himself by hand in 14 years, what a DOT managed project with union labor would have done in 12 years.

This man would make a fine contribution to our country.

I had a neighbor in the 70's who hand dug an enire basement to their home with a shovel and five gallon bucket. It took them four years of working four hours every evening when they came home from their day jobs. It was beautiful when they were done. It was a two level basement, adding about 60% more square feet to their home.

13 posted on 12/18/2009 3:05:03 PM PST by blackdog
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“If there were an EPA in India or had this been an American who did this near his property, he would be tossed into the hoosgow and the key tossed in the other direction.”

See here:
http://www.desertusa.com/mag05/sep/tunnel.html


14 posted on 12/18/2009 3:05:52 PM PST by poindexters brother
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To: TChad

The 10m figure corresponds with the other info in the article. The posted article says that the tunnel is used in place of the 7km (4.3 miles) trek around the mountain. That wouldn’t make sense if the tunnel was 8 miles long. Also, I cannot imagine one man could haul away and find a place for all that rock in one lifetime if it were 8 miles long.


15 posted on 12/18/2009 3:05:54 PM PST by posterchild (Endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable rights.)
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I would like to go to India just to shake that man’s hand.

The Indian Government should serious consider a medal of sorts for that man. If he’s not married currently, they need to find a bride for him.

Genes like that need to be preserved for the good of the entire human race.


16 posted on 12/18/2009 3:07:38 PM PST by Ronin
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To: posterchild

Wow!

We used to have that work ethic here.

Long ago.


17 posted on 12/18/2009 3:07:48 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (Obama, Hitler, Stalin: Who are 3 people nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: posterchild

Hmmm..., what a guy will do when he’s a redneck with a truck.... :-)


18 posted on 12/18/2009 3:08:59 PM PST by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: sten
You were saying ...

is that 10 miles or 10 meters? 10 meters doesn’t seem that far

Well that mountain would not be very big if it was 10 meters from one side of the "mountain" to the other side of the "mountain"... LOL...

19 posted on 12/18/2009 3:12:18 PM PST by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: posterchild
The 10m figure corresponds with the other info in the article.

I assume that "10m-long, 4m-wide" should be "10 km long, 4m wide." Ten kilometers is not eight miles, but it's not too far off.

20 posted on 12/18/2009 3:13:39 PM PST by TChad
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To: Izzy Dunne

The Guardian said 10m. That doesn’t seem like much. Either they’ve got their numbers wrong, or this guy was union.


21 posted on 12/18/2009 3:13:54 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: posterchild

He should charge a toll from his freeloading neighbors.


22 posted on 12/18/2009 3:15:35 PM PST by Eternal_Bear (`)
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To: posterchild
No doubt it would have taken the govt 20 years and billions of rupees to do the same.

Local villagers, who previously had to trek around the mountain, are now using the tunnel to get to work.
The guy ought to set up a toll booth, charge a minimal sum, and join the Capitalist Class.

23 posted on 12/18/2009 3:17:13 PM PST by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: Richard Kimball

Digging through rock with pick-ax, maybe


24 posted on 12/18/2009 3:17:24 PM PST by heartwood
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To: posterchild

“I could not park my truck near my house since the mountain blocked my path,”

Somewhere in here there is a great truck commercial!!!

Wonder if he still owns that truck (?)


25 posted on 12/18/2009 3:23:53 PM PST by sodpoodle (Stop wasting our wealth and start telling the truth.)
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To: Richard Kimball
From farther down the article-

"Das was inspired by another Bihari villager, Dasharath Manjhi, who cut a 120m-long, 10m-wide and 8m-high passage so that villagers could reach a local hospital."

It almost has to be referring to meters, since it would take a hell of a man to cut a 120 mile, or even 120 kilometer "passage".

26 posted on 12/18/2009 3:24:08 PM PST by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: posterchild

This man is exactly the kind of person America should welcome with open arms if they ever wanted to emigrate to the USA. Can-do people who contribute something tangible & beneficial to their communities/country.


27 posted on 12/18/2009 3:26:25 PM PST by sklar
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To: TChad
Ten kilometers is not eight miles, but it's not too far off.

It's 6.2 miles if I remember correctly. I had to run a 10K while in the Army. I'd rather do a 10K volksmarch while eating bratwurst and getting my stein refilled every couple of K's.
28 posted on 12/18/2009 3:31:50 PM PST by Tailback
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To: SnuffaBolshevik
It almost has to be referring to meters, since it would take a hell of a man to cut a 120 mile, or even 120 kilometer "passage".

The "10m" in the linked article must be a typo. It should probably be 10 km. If so, then he averaged about two meters per day, which sounds reasonable.

29 posted on 12/18/2009 3:32:30 PM PST by TChad
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To: posterchild

30 posted on 12/18/2009 3:38:41 PM PST by Bobalu (I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: SnuffaBolshevik
" it would take a hell of a man to cut a 120 mile"

Big John? Jimmy Dean

Every mornin' at the mine you could see him arrive He stood six foot six and weighed 2-45 Kinda broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip And everybody knew you didn't give no lip to Big John (Big John Big John) Big Bad John (Big John) Nobody seemed to know where John called home Just drifted into town and stayed all alone He didn't say much he kinda quiet and shy And if you spoke at all you just said hi to Big John

31 posted on 12/18/2009 3:39:44 PM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: SnuffaBolshevik

Does anyone think that in America the guy did this, that he wouldn’t have been forced to put it all back in the name of some endagered plant?


32 posted on 12/18/2009 3:40:07 PM PST by blackdog
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To: posterchild
Headline in America would read...............

"Villager Gets 14 Years For Ecological Terrorism, Underground Meth Lab"

33 posted on 12/18/2009 3:42:56 PM PST by blackdog
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To: Bobalu
Sorry, the image I posted from the article turns out to be the wrong Kewati tunnel.
This is the one the guy dug himself...what a guy!

34 posted on 12/18/2009 3:47:53 PM PST by Bobalu (I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: posterchild

bump


35 posted on 12/18/2009 3:57:48 PM PST by VOA (I)
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To: posterchild

Can’t do that in the US - a bunch of environmentalists would sue.


36 posted on 12/18/2009 4:02:48 PM PST by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: posterchild

37 posted on 12/18/2009 4:13:34 PM PST by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: posterchild
leaves
38 posted on 12/18/2009 4:21:37 PM PST by FelixFelicis (When can we *change* back? [Get yer bumper sticker at www.cafepress.com/deepright!])
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To: posterchild

I hope the guy, in the great capitalist tradition, slapped a toll on use of the tunnel.


39 posted on 12/18/2009 4:27:49 PM PST by Busywhiskers ("Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy" -Dan Gable)
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Did he get a building permit to dig out the basement? Soils report? Engineering study?

He could still be fined by the damned government for doing what he did.

Everything turned out OK?

Not in the eyes of government bastards, whose sole job is is slow down guys like you neighbor. He was supposed to spend at least a 1/2 a day satisfying THEIR demands BEFORE doing anything constructive.

Yeah, I’ve way past my limit of endurance of the crushing weight of goverment.

Rant off.


40 posted on 12/18/2009 4:54:25 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Perfection is the enemy of Good.)
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Nope! He did however have to make a huge above grade vegetable garden to justify the deposit of hardpan soil over time. He used five gallon pails to even mix the concrete for footings and slip forming of his walls.

In 1986 I watched four Mexican workers in Cancun add an entire floor to a hotel under construction using the same five gallon pail method and hand cutting and bending the rebar. It was amazing.

41 posted on 12/18/2009 5:01:30 PM PST by blackdog
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To: Balding_Eagle

And FWIW, the family were second generation polish immigrants. Hard workers who wasted no time on silly consumerism. Anytime you went to their home, there was homemade bread and stew, home made wine, and we never saw a television in the home.


42 posted on 12/18/2009 5:07:55 PM PST by blackdog
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I’ve considered something similar for the 400 square feet of crawl space I have. I have a partial basement.

Trouble is that the soil is nearly as hard as concrete, which is why it wasn’t dug out in the first place. Everything will have to be chistled out.


43 posted on 12/18/2009 5:10:08 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Perfection is the enemy of Good.)
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.......Everything will have to be chistled out.....

Think hammer drill


44 posted on 12/18/2009 5:12:25 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Lukenbach Texas is barely there)
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Got one, it’s still a monumental job!


45 posted on 12/18/2009 5:26:05 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Perfection is the enemy of Good.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Ice Auger, post hole auger connected to a 1.5HP electric motor and a 50/1 gearbox does the trick. You use a block and tackled come along to side angle drill into the hardpan. Once you have a 1’ hole, you use a 10 ton bottle jack to heave the soil above. All done quietly and cleanly.


46 posted on 12/18/2009 5:29:01 PM PST by blackdog
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Did he get a building permit to dig out the basement? Soils report? Engineering study?

Where's the high occupancy diamond lane? Are the restrooms spaced no more than one kilometer apart, with handicapped accessible facilities? We'd better not find any of those old energy-wasting incandescent bulbs in there, or else.

It appears that this Gaia-rapist dug his tunnel directly through the world's only known habitat of the endangered carnivorous grunge worm. You can add ecological genocide to his list of violations.

Nice try there Mr. Individual Initiative, but your crime spree ends today. You can break rocks in prison.

Seal 'er up at both ends, boys.

47 posted on 12/18/2009 5:36:35 PM PST by TChad
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Thank you for that link. I was scratching my head trying to figure out how a tunnel 10 meters long and 4 meters wide could go anywhere usefullyThe main story has a small mistake, LOL.
48 posted on 12/18/2009 5:42:57 PM PST by Publius6961 (…he's not America, he's an employee who hasn't risen to minimal expectations.)
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To: blackdog

I farmed until 1986 and have a lot of experience with all those kinds of things, built and used them.

For my situation, the most practical would be a small Bobcat and trencher.

Wish I could do what I did when we dug out 8 6 foot wide, 3 foot deep, 55 feet long trenches in the hog barn, hydraulic auger on a Bobact -— 4” hole, fill with feritlizer-—— and a bit a dynamite, boom, everything was loose in a second.


49 posted on 12/18/2009 5:49:26 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Perfection is the enemy of Good.)
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To: posterchild
10m-long

10 meters long? Mountain?

50 posted on 12/18/2009 5:57:40 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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