Fewer tractor-trolleys, fewer people and a mushrooming of ‘sheds’ — the farmers’ protest at Singhu border is looking a touch different during the continued wheat harvesting season.
On Saturday morning, Gurjeet Singh from Raily village in Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib district was overseeing the fixing of a bamboo shed on the highway currently being blockaded by the farmers’ protest at Singhu border. a gaggle of three workers from Sonipat were building the 10×12 foot shed with materials also brought from Sonipat.
“We will put mattresses on the ground so 10 people are going to be ready to sleep in it, a cooler and a few light fittings for comfort. Once it’s completed, women who come from our village also will be ready to sleep comfortably,” he said.The site on which the shed is being built wont to be occupied by one among the five trolleys that his village wont to have at the border. With the onset of the harvest season, three of those have returned to the village to be put to figure .Through the winter and most of the duration of this protest, farmers have mostly slept and lived in tractor-trolleys which that they had brought from their villages. Now that they’re needed for harvesting work, most villages have retained just one trolley at the protest site and therefore the new ubiquitous sight at Singhu border is sheds made from bamboo and shade net. These sheds also are cooler than the trolleys.
The farmers of Behrampur Zimidara in Punjab’s Ropar district had built a shed fortnight ago, complete with a straw roof, curtains, potted plants and pictures of Bhagat Singh. “One of our two trolleys is back within the village for harvesting, and this is often easier . It doesn’t get heated just like the iron and tarpaulin of the trolleys,” said Gurmeet Singh from the village.There also are fewer people at the location , but with the expectation that the numbers are going to be back in May after the top of the harvesting season. Rajvinder Singh from Ludhiana district’s Jatana village said albeit the numbers are relatively but usual, there are still around 10 protesters from each village present at the location at a given time.
“For an extended time, the protest has followed a roster system of 10 farmers at a time coming from a village for every week or 10 days. Earlier, from our village, 20-30 people would come at a time. In about 10 days, the wheat harvesting work are going to be completed, and during a few more days, the bhusa for cattle feed are going to be prepared after which individuals are going to be completely free for 2 months until it’s time to sow wheat in June,” he said.