Unsung Hero:Engineer in the day, driver in the night
24: Every day when the clock strikes 6
pm, 31-year-old engineer Harminder Pal Singh parks his brand new car outside
his home at Gameraj village in Tral area.
From the evening, he doubles-up as a driver to ferry the patients and
people in distress to hospitals and other destinations.
Soon after the
government announced restrictions in the valley, Harminder took no time to
upload his contact number with a small description on Facebook to help the
people in distress.
“I am offering my
personal vehicle to the service of any citizen of Tral, who can’t afford to
hire a car or cab at the time of emergency. In this connection, I will be
offering my service during late hours as I am available only after 6 pm
onwards,” reads his post on social networking site Facebook.
The idea came to
his mind after seeing people struggling to manage a vehicle when the government
announced lockdown given the coronavirus pandemic.
“The government has announced lockdown till
March 31 and I know how many problems people face in my area. So, I have
decided to keep my vehicle available for people especially for patients and
pregnant ladies, who require medical help,” he said.
many people belonging to the Gujjar community live on high altitude areas who
have no access to facilities including transport.
“We have been
allotted special passes since the electricity department is declared as an
essential service by the government. I can make use of my pass and help people
to reach hospitals and other health centers anytime from 6 pm till morning,” he
Harminder said he is constantly getting
distress calls from various parts of the country. “I feel sad that I can’t help
them. I am trying to help people of my area at least,” he said.
The 31-year-old engineer
has become a role model in the area and encouraged others to help people. “Some
people approached me and expressed their desire to chip in too. I have got
calls from people who offered their vehicles for this endeavor. I am not
associated with any NGO. I am doing it on a humanitarian basis,” he said.