Residents of Mullakot, situated on the International Border with Pakistan, had never seen a bus or any other means of public transport coming to their village to ferry them. They had to walk miles to get a means of transportation to reach the city. But now, two buses of Punjab Roadways are permanently stationed there, but there are no takers.
These buses have been arranged by the district administration to ferry families to relief camps set up in safer places after the evacuation orders were issued following the surgical strikes of Indian Army across the Line of Control.
As not a single person has opted to move to the five camps set up in Amritsar, these buses have not moved an inch.
Gurmail Singh, a resident, said: “Buses have never come to our village. Now, we are seeing these buses, but nobody is ready to go to the camps. Why will anyone go to these camps? Where will we keep our belongings and who will take care of our livestock?”
Surjit Singh, another resident, said it was ironic that the government failed to provide them any transportation facility all these years, and suddenly there are two buses available, but to vacate the village.
The bus staff, meanwhile, has no option but to remain stationed at the border village in wait of passengers.