Google Earth screenshot for those obsessed by this story too:
(you'll want to view all of the maps linked to in this sub-thread)
There is one person working, thus a single hand. (Albeit that single hand has two hands.)
Some people just don't have a sense of humour... but they surely aren't lacking the downvote rights.
I will grant that if the quote applies anywhere it applies here.
Only difference is the direction of effort.
It's sort of like Florida for Americans, except imagine that Florida was still under feudalism.
And a video about this original Minecraft player: http://gktalk.blogspot.de/2011/08/man-from-gahlour-dashrath-...
You want to have TWO videos running in parallel because the captions cover the whole video at times.
Also, I noticed that he's wearing some sort of white "bandana" with writings, can anyone care to translate it if it's readable enough from one of the pictures posted above?
(though I suppose the legend is based on amazing real workers)
If you look at the Wikipedia page on Tall Tales, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tall_tale, it even has him marked as being based on a historical indivdual.
(that road featured in BBC's Top Gear about a year ago)
Hand made everything: tunnelling shield, waterproofing, electricity supply and stairs at entrance halls. More than 200 metres of tunnels, including fire-safety tunnel. All grunt removed by shovel and handmade conveyer belt. Guy ever installed security cams and cash register. Only cars and rails remained to make before he died a month after heart attack from visits of journalists. Also he wanted to place water supply and canalization pipes in subway but can not to win over authorities.
This was a bungalow and on one side was their driveway and on the other was the lawn. She dug back ten meters and down about three meters, by hand, with a shovel, in the rain.
Yes my neighbours are crazy.
Kids all milking the government. One daughter with a tube in her nose yet she and her four kids from four men go with her new husband #5 and collect old bikes which they pile up in their Habitat for Humanity free home.
The wife on disability too and morbidly obese supposedly with back problems dead lifting entire BBQs (junk) into the back of a pickup truck.
The father an ex postal worker encouraged to retire after smashing a windows at work (where everyone hated him).
Renting their house but living in an RV on the street, engine blew so they now live in a motel.
I counted 15 cars in their yard, one in working condition, and their have more at their country "compound".
On and on and on.
Watch the movie The Burbs, it could have been filmed next door to me.
A "normal" pay would probably have been closer to half a dollar to a dollar per day (if even that), 300 days a year or so. So we're talking $3000~$6000 total, tops.
This is basically a big straight trench, so you could probably have done it in a few days or weeks with an excavator. An excavator rental costs between 800 and 3000 a week depending on the excavator class (size and engine power, minis in the 15-40hp range will be at the lower end, the stuff you can see on construction sites will usually be in the 150hp range and closer to the higher third, I'm excluding the ridiculous stuff such as the CAT 6090 or the baggers which make sense in neither scale nor cost for this comparison)
So the purely monetary cost would probably be about the same if you had an excavator close-by which you could rent (and you were a skilled operator).
edit: actually for that kind of works you'd probably use a backhoe loader rather than a straight excavator, but the costs should be in the same range
edit 2: but to answer the question as asked, it would be way cheaper to use even a full-blown set of heavy earth-movers (and crew) than to pay the guy $10/h, 10h/day, 300 days/year for 22 years (which would cost $660k)
Judging from the photos, The mountain looks like one big rock. You would surely need a hydraulic breaker on your backhoe, and the maintenance that would go with it for so much work. Also, it looks like it would be hard to get a backhoe on top of that steep mountain.
I would have thought for something like this, drilling deep holes and shoving in some TNT would be the way to go in order to reduce the solid rock to rubble.
Not to mention the lives that could have been saved if the road was built faster with heavy machinery. I wonder how many people died waiting for that road to be built.
The glass is half full, too, ya know.
He probably saved a lot of lives after it was built, even one life would have been worth his efforts. I was just talking about opportunity costs and if some had helped him, less people would have died/suffered while the road was being built. If heavy machinery was involved, less people would've died waiting or suffered less traveling the long way to medical care.
Why does he get 65 days off a year? This is not North America, Europe or industrialized Asia. Most of day labourers I've spoken to in Asia consider themselves lucky if they get two or three days off a month. At that low level, for most of us, they lose a precious few days of work which is often vital for them to have enough money to eat that day.
Because it's easier to multiply by 300 than by any 340
Because why not (and I know india has quite a lot of religious celebrations which may or may not have holidays attached).
Everything I can find seems to indicate that the average US worker does not have a lot of leisure time in comparison to most countries, and also that average working hours does not seem to have a particularly strong correlation with the average wealth of the citizens.
Indians probably do work longer hours on average, but I don't think the gap is that large from what I can tell, though the statistics vary wildly. Forbes for instance has figures that seem to be much lower than other estimates and they claim an average of 25 hours a week for people from the US.
40 hours/week * 50 week/year * 20 years * 10 $/hour= = 400000$
I have to admit though, that my first thought on the story was:
"Why build the road? Just move to the city!"
In this case, I admire the endurance of this man and pity the destiny of his wife. But in general, the process of bringing more and more infrastructure to ever more remote place is what destroys the natural environment of this planet. I strongly believe in the efficiency of density and scale and that humanity should limit them self to cities. Leave the rest of the planet to other species!
Why do some people try to denigrate something which is wonderful with smart alecky comments.
Now back in 1960 I can only imagine the chaos the country was in. We just got independence. State and central govts are just figuring out, how to run a country. How to channel funds where the need is most. There is whole bureaucratic and panchayat system which is still being established. Also a state funeral after 47 years hardly can mean anything other than the deed was well done.
Having said all of above, Bihar is still a poor state. Current state govt. is trying but I wouldn't be surprised if similar things happen again. It is not very unusual for entire river bridges to be washed away during some rain and villages to be cut off from rest of the world (even now).
I'm reminded of a more modern context in the shape of the Craigslist/Padmapper debate, one guy may have built a new Craigslist right now and is out there signing up people one or two at a time to post on it, and in 20 years that person may carve a new path into classified listings. But who really thinks about embarking on tech projects these days which might take 20 years?
A lot of hacker news is about accomplishing goals that others would tell you is impossible or not worthwhile. This article is meant to inspire to you to keep dreaming. It's one thing to climb a mountain for someone, its a whole other feat of accomplishment to carve a hole through one. The determination this guy had should be taken as a lesson; not in hacking, but in attitude and life and then applied to hacking.
While the comparison is mostly metaphorical, often metaphors are more on point than any 1:1 comparison.
It may have been increased since (2 years before it was 50: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=438936)