The swirling waters of this choe look beautiful, but for residents of Uparli Chowki village, the choe is a harbinger of death. People living on the embankments get stranded whenever rain fills the choe.
Uparli Chowki village is remote in the best of times. Devoid of road connectivity, its remoteness is heightened in the monsoon, when the choe cuts off the only way to and from the village. On Saturday, routine life here came to a grinding halt.
The worst affected were people in need of medical attention. There is no hospital in the village. Getting to the Panchkula civil hospital means an inexorable wait for water in the choe to recede.
Necessity did force many to try to cross the swollen choe at risk of life. The current was fast and whoever stepped inside was in real danger of being swept away.
This is an annual affair for city residents. For people here, home becomes a prison every monsoon. All it will take to change the state of affairs is a road, which, residents have been waiting for decades now.
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