Beautiful Mughal Road sometimes Turns Deathly
By: Ruhail S Bastami
(Additional inputs by Insha Ghazali)
Mughal road is a great alternative route to Kashmir! No one has given a thought to the fact that on this beautiful but dangerous road a trauma hospital is a necessity? None exists between Bafliaz and Shopian by the way!
It was the great initiative taken from Sarpanch Bafliaz B , Tahira Tabassum who came forward and told us to get this story going which we thought had plenty of marrow in it because the demand that the lady was raising was genuine, reasons absolutely on the ball and the requirement really a need. She gave some very reliable information which we have knitted in words so here we go!
Nothing is known as to what will happen when we set upon a journey’ In fact it can never be known. The reason is that every road has its own peculiarity. Similarly this one too has. This road is prone to vagaries of weather because people have got struck up in snow and rain and that can be a terrible experience. The rescue operations are invariably carried out by the Army or the Jammu and Kashmir Police. At times it is a combined effort. But if someone gets badly ill then evacuation to a decent health care center is a problem. The route is prone to accidents, many have happened and that is why a trauma hospital is a requirement. The migratory tribesmen have their own problems. Just the other day a black bear made a mincemeat of an individual and bumped into the animal. He was rescued by the men of 5/8 GR but had they not been there the man was a goner. There is every reason to believe that this can happen again. If the timely aid and subsequent treatment is not given the possibility is that a person may just bleed to death. Thus it is all the more a necessity that a hospital comes up somewhere enroute because it will be of immense help to the travelers, locals and of course the tribesmen on the move twice a year first up and then down!
This simple thought could not occur to the administrators (as it sometimes cannot occur to a wizard that he is unable to work his charms) because the business of their lives was just to make this road and then sit back to boss over it. Their usefulness would have come more to the forefront had they laid stress on important things on the route and one of that had to be a hospital. The reason is from the experience that wherever the road is. Accidents will take place as they have been over the years on the various surface connecting routes in UT Jammu and Kashmir. I will go to the extent of saying that every vehicle on the road is liable to being prone to a potential accident. That is why the word accident, it can be an error on part of the driver while negotiating a curve, snag in the vehicle, sudden landslide or it could be anything.
- This road is a great innovation as it winds up if you travel from Bafliaz and then slithers down as we cross Pir Ki Gali down to Shopian. This is an exquisite route with lovely scenery that mesmerizes the eyes. So give people what they need: food, medicine, clean air, pure water, trees and grass, pleasant places to sit during stoppages enroute. Obviously they will pay but they should have the facility. Don’t ask who deserves it. Every human being deserves it because we are basically the same.
I. Health Care centers enroute:
- There are plenty of them at the start points as you get into the Pir Panjals for the up mountain drive. But the requirement is midway where there is no health care facility.
- This is a road as I earlier mentioned no doubt an excellent piece of craftsmanship and artistry on the mountainous canvas yet it is dangerously prone to landslides during summers and snow during winters.
- Driving on this road has to be perfect and spot on. A bit of a distraction and one may end up in a mishap.
- This has happened many times but the most dangerous one was when a driver died in a crash in which several were injured during the annual Mughal road motor rally on this section of the 600 Kms. rally which used to take place till a couple of years back but then the descent of the virus put a screeching halt on it.
One of the participating drivers in the car rally, Jitender Singh of Punjab, died in the crash at Simthan Pass while returning back to Srinagar. Jitender`s navigator Ashish, also from Punjab, was severely injured in the crash and was admitted to the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura (SKIMS). Had a trauma hospital been here just maybe, maybe something would have happened.
An accident is definitely one of the most bizarre periods in a person’s life. How anyone can come through that time well adjusted on any level is an absolute miracle. But many have, that is one of the urgent reasons as to why a trauma hospital should be here so that injuries, deep wounds/ gashes and fractures can be repaired in time before the shift to a bigger hospital with several facilities.
- This is how most stories end in the hospital after an accident on a highway and then subsequent evacuation. I have seen it with my own eyes. Not with crash carts and sirens and electric shocks to the chest, but with an empty room, a crisp white bed, silence. But if an immediate care center is available this can be reversed.
- So just like there’s always time for pain, there’s always time for healing. Why not create a facility right on the road so that immediate injuries and trauma can be treated in emergency and urgency mode and then if required shifted ahead. This way the survival chance of the patient is definitely more.
- The top authorities in administration have to realize the following, traumatic events, by definition, overwhelm our ability to cope. When the mind becomes flooded with emotions that this could have been done, why did not we do it, it is important because the people could have been saved! They can be by the way! These thoughts do come. But if they come after the incident then they are worthless. Why not do it now when it’s a necessity?
- People tend to get struck up on the road due to weather. When there is no hope in hell the SOS calls through mobile are sent to Army and Police. They do the rescue act but some do tend to fall ill because freezing cold is no one’s friend in such a terrain. The people have to evacuate but to where? Though arrangements are made, they are the solutions and needs of that hour. Why not a permanent one as we are trying to suggest on the basis of what people are saying?
- Another massive movement is of tribesmen. They move to the grazing grounds as allotted to them and have their own staying arrangements in the form of Dhoks? But who has said that they do not fall sick, are not affected/impacted by illness and accidents and the weather. They have nowhere to go but a treatment center on the road would be of immense help if a thought is given to it.
- So far sordidly speaking none has been, hopefully it will be in the near future. Whether we are speaking of a flower or an oak tree, or an earthworm or a beautiful bird, of an ape or a person, we will do well, I believe, to recognize that life is an active process, not a passive one. Whether the stimulus arises from within or without, whether the environment is favorable or unfavorable, the fact is that what is necessary has to be done. The trauma hospital on the Mughal road is a necessity. At least the bare minimum facilities should be there but at the moment none exists. Why so, no one knows!