After almost a three-month-long agitation at the Delhi borders, the farmers have seen the cruellest of winter. The weather is comfortable now, but even the organisers skills harsh Delhi’s summers might be when the temperatures breach 45 degrees Celsius on certain days.
The protest sites are on the highway and mostly are within the open with no protection or shade of any kind. that’s the rationale why farmers and volunteers have already started preparing for the times ahead when it’ll be difficult to remain call at the sweltering sun.
The challenge isn’t just to fight the rising temperature from now on, the challenge is additionally to take care of hygiene and cleanliness at these protests sites where thousands of individuals live with none permanent facilities.The challenge is big and hence preparations have started early within the spring.
On Thursday, when India Today TV visited the protest sites we found volunteers have brought in bamboo in great quantity to the Ghazipur border protest site.
When asked, Gurpreet Singh, a young volunteer, explained, “We are now making bamboo tents. Unlike winters, these tents are required to stay people cool under them. Once can even hang ceiling fans through the bamboo poles and that we are ordering several such fans as we steel oneself against the tough summer.”
There are other volunteers who are often seen working overtime to erect such tents. they assert the plan is to also build some huts with thatched roofs which will provide comfort during summer.
Another volunteer Raju Pinna, a native of Muzaffarnagar, talks about water coolers. “We are within the process of bringing big water coolersto the protest sites. These coolers are going to be placed during a manner that several tents are often served by one cooler. The mechanism is being finalised and would be in situ very soon,” Pinna said.Farmers also are aware that in summer, protesters also will need to be shielded from water and vector-borne diseases. an idea to sketch strategy for this is often also being prepared within the daily meetings of farmers’ unions at the protest sites.
Gurpreet explains, “Mosquito nets, mosquito repellents and mosquito coils are ordered. this is often to make sure that farmers who are residing at the borders won’t face any difficulty. Wastewater outlet and cleanliness in kitchens also are major concerns. There are volunteers who are cleaning these sites at regular intervals but at an equivalent time they’re also demanding the local administration to pay special attention to sanitation.”
Farmers agree that staying under the sun won’t be easy within the days to return , especially as their stages are still within the open. Arrangements to hide them with shades are going to be made in coming days.
However, despite these challenges, farmers say they might continue their protest. “If we will face the chilling winter then why not the scorching summer,” they asked.
Bharatiya Kisan Union national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait had recently told India Today TV that they need ordered quite 100 coolers for farmers to supply them a cushty stay during summer.
“We have made an elaborate arrangement for summer, a bit like we did for winter,” he had said.