At a time when politicians are not missing even one day while canvassing for votes in their favour, people, especially those living in the rural areas of Haripur, Patta, of Doon constituency have been struggling to get basic amenities. Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Haripur, who runs a stall near the famous pilgrim spot, Haripur gurdwara, said, “Since the last two days, we have not received any supply of LPG cylinders in our area. Whenever we call the staff members of the agency that supplies cylinders here, they reply that due to the shortage of vehicles, cylinders cannot be supplied to them. The supply came here from Baddi, an industrial city situated around 30 km from here.”
Dalip Chand, another resident, said, “My booking was reserved for delivery before the increase in the price of cylinder, but the agency is deliberately delaying the delivery. Apart from this problem, there are several other issues, which are not being looked after by any candidate.” People were waiting cautiously for the delivery vehicle of cylinders while putting their empty cylinders on the road at the mini market, comprising small shops and stalls situated outside the Haripur gurdwara. “The supply of cylinders to this particular area has been delayed due to the shortage of vehicles,” said Buittu Ram, the supply officer of the cylinder agency.
Khem Singh, a resident of Badlaag gram panchayat, the last panchayat of the Doon Assembly constituency, said, “It is the only time when we see the faces of politicians closely. After the elections, the winning candidates appear only during the inauguration of projects. Though there are educational institutes for our children, we need a public library in our panchayat and this issue has been pending for a long time.”
Sohan Ram, a retired employee of the electricity department and resident of Kuthar, said, “Our area Kuthar is a princely estate and have a rich historical background. Despite adjoining a famous hill station and tourist destination, Kasauli, our area does not have an independent identity on the tourist map. Though the current MLA, Ram Kumar Chaudhary of the Congress, and his opponent, Paramjeet Singh Pammi of BJP, have been making several tall promises, no one is interested in these issues.”
Doon constituency is all set to witness a close fight between Chaudhary and Pammi this election.