Trust in almighty and self-confidence has kept them going in corona times – Times of India
DAOKE (AMRITSAR ): Surrounded on three sides by Pakistan, the residents of Daoke village are braving with the coronavirus pandemic with almost nil transport and erratic mobile connectivity even as a single bridge that connects the village with the main road is lying in shambles with railing on one side of the bridge is completely missing.
While talking to TOI on Wednesday, Harneet Singh, officiating principal of Government Senior Secondary Smart School, Daoke, informed that Amritsar was nearly 46 kilometres from Daoke and there was no government or private bus connectivity and it becomes a daunting task to shift a patient to Amritsar in case of a medical emergency.
“People are dependent on each other for travelling to Amritsar or they have to travel to the nearest bus stop at Rajatal which is four kilometres away but the bus service is not available at night, you can guess how helpless one feels but people are brave,” said laboratory attendant of the school Paramjit Singh.
Amrik Singh, a local resident said that during the coronavirus it had become more important to have better connectivity with the best hospitals in Amritsar which, he said, was not possible unless one arrange their own vehicle. ”Besides transport, the mobile connectivity is also very poor which is the need of the hour, only BSNL has good connectivity here,” he said adding that people were largely dependent on ‘Waheguru and their inner strength to tackle the pandemic.
“Sometimes back one of my relatives was showing symptoms like that of coronavirus and I had to take him to a hospital in Amritsar, I had no option but to request another person who owns the car to drop us at the hospital and above all there was no mobile connectivity until we reached near Attari,” he said.
While pointing towards a lone bridge that connects the village with the rest of India, septuagenarian Parkash Kaur said “We, the womenfolk are worried a lot about the security of our children and husbands who have to often cross the bridge which doesn’t have a railing on one side” adding that even the Border Security Force and army vehicles cross from the same bridge yet nobody has shown concern to broaden the bridge or at least get the new railing fixed on it.
Notably in 2016 seven school children were killed and several were injured after their school bus fell into a drain in Mahawa near Daoke village.
“The villagers have spent over Rs 60 lakh in the construction of Gurdwara we can also spend money for the repair of the bridge but the defence department has raised some objections, “ said a local resident Nirvail Singh adding that they had decided to boycott the politicians who had been making false promises during the poll time.
“There is coronavirus outbreak and one requires emergency services but the politicians are just careless about us, “ he said.
Harneet said despite odds they had kept the school opened as per the government‘s recommendations.
“After lockdown parents were reluctant to send their children to school, our teachers went house to house and persuaded parents to send their children and we are also serving them with midday meal,” he said.