“Ayenge a bulbul aaj gum ki raat hain , ayenge tere sheher main bus do chaar din ki baat hain,” said Jorawar Singh, 35, a truck driver by profession was telling these lines to a painter in order to get it painted on the back of his truck at Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar which is Asia’s largest truck parking zone. Suddenly after looking at me, a frail and tired man climbs out of his truck and slams the door and broke into a statement : “Saab hamare liye toh har din hi gham se bhara hota hai aur hazaaron kilometer ke safar pe akelaapan hi hamara saathi hota hai.”
Manohar Singh and his brother are coming straight from Hyderabad and is having a sigh of relief at Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar where their akelapan is no more their companion. Manohar Singh, 27, recently married men throws light on the plight of being away from home and says: “Pehle toh hamari shaadi nahi hoti, truck driver ko koi apni beti nahi dena chahta or uske baad ye kaam aisa hai ki mahino mahino aap ko apne ghar se door rehna padta hai .”
There are thousands of stories like this in Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar. Stories of loneliness, stories of isolation, stories of sadness and stories of alternating between hope and despair. The transportation sector plays a crucial role in the functioning of Indian economy but the sector and the people associated with it are always looked down upon by the society.
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