Heroes believe in taking up responsibilities rather than making excuses.
And one such hero is 55 years old Rajesh Devi.
What the district administration couldn’t do, Rajesh Devi, a resident of Dadopur Khatana in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh has decided to do.
On several occasions, we’ve cursed our government authorities for not maintaining roads properly. Especially in monsoons, when the roads are full of potholes and damage not only our vehicles but also our backs. In order to show our anger and discomfort, we have clicked pictures and shared them on social media to criticize the authorities.
But what Rajesh Devi did shows why real heroes are always above all of us.
When she sustained multiple head fractures and injuries while traveling on the road, she committed herself to build a proper road so that no one else from her village meets the same fate as hers.
But, when authorities showed lack of interest and gave her excuse of lack of funds, she took the matters into her own hands.
She might have had many excuses to give herself – her financial condition, age, medical condition, but she refused to listen to these.
Devi lives with her husband and her son Sudhir – both daily wagers and three grandchildren in a single-storey house in the village. In spite of her financial challenges, she decided to sell off a portion of her house to pay for paving a 250-meter-long concrete road in her village. The road is expected to cost her Rs. 1 lakh.
“I am fed up with the local authorities and their policies. Most of their officials have a different attitude towards the rich and the poor. We have been to various block meetings and written letters to raise the issue of the bad roads in the village, but only the stretches that lead to rich people’s houses get constructed or repaired.”, Devi told The Times of India.
“Now, I have sold off a portion of my house to one of my nephews and raised Rs. 1 lakh to build a concrete road so that no one else in the neighbourhood has to endure the pain I suffered,” she added.
Her son, Sudhir, is in talks with private contractors and they are hopeful to get the road repaired within a fortnight.
Rajesh Devi is an ordinary woman like you and me; however, what she has chosen to do is way above ordinary.