Srinagar: Bollywood and its interpretation of the Kashmiri life is incomplete without the serene Dal lake captured on celluloid. Playing that perfect muse for the filmmaker, it evokes multiple emotions. Adding to the Dal Lake experience is the work of Tariq Ahmad Patloo, 50 who has given to the valley its first successfully designed ‘water ambulance’ for the dwellers of the water body.
For Tariq life for these past months was not easy. Stigmatized and abandoned when he suffered COVID – 19, he planned to do things differently and cameup with this idea. “I got infected in August and it was then that people of my community started to ignore, isolate, abandon and stereotype me,” said Tariq.
He said when he himself was unable to cross the lake due to the indifference that he faced then he created his own path.
He said he was then shifted to a hospital where his only concern was the community and didn’t care about his own health. During his tough phase he built a water ambulance. Once back from the hospital, Tariq contacted his friend in New Delhi who gave him the green signal to go ahead with the project and promised every assistance.
Tariq’s water ambulance is 90% completed and he only needs to install medical equipment.
Tariq says – the only help from the administration was in the form of a driver, a doctor and a technician for his ambulance, who would be available 24×7 for the service of his community.