ITANAGAR: A 5-day-long journey on foot through some of the toughest terrains in the state is what it took Sayedwe Yobin, a 25-year-old student from Arunachal Pradesh’s remote Gandhigram village, to reach his ailing mother to a hospital.
Sayedwe thankfully was not alone as 35 more people of his village helped him carry his mother and cover the treacherous distance of almost 200 kms.
Gandhigram is a village that falls under the already landlocked Vijaynagar circle of Arunachal’s Changlang district.
Miao, the nearest town which has the basic healthcare facilities is around 157 km away from Vijaynagar.
Sayedwe said his mother had not been keeping well following an electrocution incident that occurred in 2017 and her health started to deteriorate in the month of August.
“She was not at all keeping well and needed immediate medical attention so with no other option left we decided to take her to Miao,” he said.
Sayedwe said as there is no road to connect his village the only method to shift a patient to Miao is to carry him or her and travel on foot.
“We started our journey on August 31 and reached Miao on September 4. We made a make-shift stretcher and four of us carried my mother consecutively,” the youth said.
The journey of Sayedwe and his friends was not an easy one as one can see going by the video which has been in circulation on social media.
The youths can be seen crossing uphills, streams and treacherous paths besides braving the heavy downpour.
“We also had to take rest during our journey. We made make-shift huts and spent our nights in them. That’s where we used to cook our food for the entire day,” Sayedwe said.
It was difficult, but it was the only way to save my mother, he added.
It was on September 04 that Sayedwe and his villagers finally managed to reach Miao and admit his mother to the local hospital.
I am thankful to my friends and villagers who travelled this tough journey for us, Sayedwe said.
Sayedwe’s mother is now recuperating, Eastmojo was told.
The foundation of a 157-km road, to connect Miao with Vijaynagar under the Prime Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) was laid in February 2013.
This road was the then longest PMGSY road in the country, however, only 15 kilometres of the road has reportedly been completed since.
One of the locals from Miao who did not want to be named said: “Almost 8 years have passed since the foundation stone for the road was laid and we still don’t have one.”
“We still have to pay a lot till date for our daily used commodities. The price of a kg of salt is Rs 200 while mustard oil costs Rs 400 and so on,” the local said.
According to the local the hike in the price is due to the carrying charges.
“The porters who carry these items charge anywhere between Rs 100-130 for carrying a kg of the daily used items from Miao to Vijaynagar,” he said.
“In my opinion, the state government should give the responsibility to Border Roads Organisation (BRO) rather than handing over to some local contractors,” he added.
Several calls made to the local MLA, Kamlung Mossang went unanswered.