The Covid-19 pandemic has brought forth many acts of kindness from strangers across India who have overcome their own hardships in order to help others. Such an act of kindness came from Kashmir’s Srinagar recently where a man who has recently recovered from coronavirus has started his own Covid-19 ambulance service. But the ambulance service started by Tariq Ahmad Patloo is no ordinary service. It is a floating ambulance service, meaning it provides boat ambulances in Srinagar’s Dal Lake.
It was in August last year when Patloo himself tested positive for Covid-19. The apathy and stigma he had to endure during his recovery made him start the water ambulance service so that no one else had to face his plight after testing positive. Earlier in April this year, Patloo, a boatman himself, turned his ‘shikara’ into a water ambulance.