For his students, this teacher daily crosses the river!
Danibagar is a small village in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. Reaching the village is not easy as its roads are damaged. It had only one pedestrian bridge but that too was damaged due to monsoon this year, thus cutting it off from the rest of the world. In order to stay connected, its villagers have found a jugaad – they have fixed a zip line, a pulley connected with the steel wire, over the Jimba river. Till the government fixes things, people are using this zip line to move in and out of the village. One such person who uses this zip line daily is 45-year-old school teacher Jodh Singh Kunwar. He does not want his students’ studies to suffer due to lack of infrastructure.
“I stay at Madkot, which is about 6 km from Danibagar. Before the Monsoon season, I used to come to school on motorcycle. Now, the road has got damaged due to heavy rains and even the pedestrian bridge got washed away recently. Now, I drive up to Teraghat and after that walk 3 km, cross the river using the 30-mt cable line to reach my school,” said the dedicated teacher in a report published in The Statesman.
Kunwar teaches at the government junior high school. The school has only two teachers and eight students.