Modified carriages, previously started as a convenient mode of transportation for travel and camping for religious events in Punjab, were the backbone of farmers’ protest in Delhi. Not long ago, these “travel homes” were criticized by Punjab youth who spend a fortune converting them into luxury items that go behind tractors. But the farm protest turns this fad or an expensive hobby for some into a symbol of the struggle for human rights.
How it started
Tractor wagons have been the mode of transportation for village life in Punjab, especially during festivals.
Hola Mohalla in March and Fathegarh Sahib Jor Mela in December every year are basically two major events when devoted Sikhs begin their journey on tractor wagons from different parts of Punjab and parts of Haryana to reach Anandpur Sahib and Fathegarh Sahib, respectively to camp there for days Few make their carts a temporary shelter.
Both events last for at least a week as the carriages turn into camps.
Over the past few years, Punjabi youth have called for criticism for spending too much money in moderation in tractor trolleys. These “luxury” buggies will make headlines due to the in-house facilities including air conditioner, wifi, expensive mattresses, TV screen, music system and many added accessories.
Farm vibration turned
Since cart assembly had become a part of village life, so it was evident that the same practice was coming into effect when farmers in Delhi began with the goal of camping there for an extended period of time.
These wagons encountered water cannons and dug roads on their way to Delhi. Walking on rough and bumpy roads, the wagons not only escaped the difficult journey to Delhi, but also became a shelter for protesters during the night.
The same was also true of tractors. Young people have also been criticized for purchasing high-powered tractors. However, it was these tractors that came in handy to remove heavy barriers erected by Haryana Police on their way to Delhi due to the high horsepower of these tractors.
How to get buggies ready for action
Harpal Singh, a farmer from Bandir village, assembled five trolleys for the villagers. These carts will take part in the January 26 parade announced by farmers unions. These wagons are mostly assembled by the farmers themselves. They only go to the workshop if some major trolley modification is required.
“If the trolleys already have three to four foot side grills, we can change the trolley in one day at home. Otherwise, we will need a welder.” Harpal Singh said he also has a welding machine to make small adjustments needed in the The cart to provide some comfort for the trip and the living.
Cost of modifications
A wagon that already has side grills could cost as much as 5,000 rupees to convert into a makeshift cart.
“You need to spend about 1500 rupees on the tarpaulin to make it waterproof and air-proof. It’s cold outside and even a minor leak may cause a big problem to the passengers when the trolley moves as the cold air flows in. So we install the tarpaulin with proper care. Then we use rice straw and mattresses to reduce Shock. Up to 1,000 rupees is spent on electrical installations inside the vehicles. We have installed lamps and power connections to charge portable devices. The tractor battery is used to power the vehicle. These are the basic requirements. ”Said Harpal Singh, associated with the Kisan Mazdur Sangarsh Committee in Punjab,” other than You can spend on whatever you want to make the trolley feel like home. ”