Om Prakash, a 20-year-old building employee in Uttar Pradesh’s Better Noida, is on a 1,000-kilometre-long journey to his residence in Bihar’s Saran. He needed to stroll 200 kilometres until Agra the place he discovered a truck driver prepared to take him to Lucknow, 350 km forward. After paying the trucker’s cost, the migrant is left with simply Rs 10. The journey is tough, and issues appear to be piling up for him.
“I’ve solely 10 rupees in my pocket,” Om Prakash tells NDTV, tears welling up in his eyes.
“I needed to pay the truck driver Rs 400 to let me journey on his truck between Agra and Lucknow. However from right here, I have no idea what is going to I do,” he says.
200-metres away, a bunch of policemen cease an empty truck heading in direction of Lucknow. “Drop them close to the railway station. There are buses there and issues can be organized. Do not take them wherever else,” a constable yells on the driver. A number of migrants climb on the again of the truck.
Hundreds of migrants like Mr Om Prakash are turning up at a toll plaza close to Lucknow, strolling lots of of kilometres in hope of getting again to their native states. Some have reached there paying hefty sums to truck drivers. Most haven’t any cash left, and are lots of of kilometres wanting residence.
A ways away, a truck driver named Mahender Kumar is cooking a dal-baati meal beneath his truck. He has to feed his himself, his helper and the 30 accompanying migrant staff who travelled from Agra to Lucknow on his truck. “He didn’t cost a single rupee,” shouts a traveller.
When requested why he has not charged any cash when others are charging exorbitantly, he says: “That will not be acceptable to my conscience.”
“Anybody will empathise with them. There is no such thing as a finish to the variety of individuals strolling on the roads; should be 1000’s,” he provides.
Lakhs of migrants have been stranded throughout the nation with out job and cash due to the coronavirus lockdown. The centre has organized particular trains to ferry migrants on a fee foundation. Some states have organized buses on pro-bono foundation, others are charging fares.
With out necessities and hope, 1000’s throughout the nation have chosen to stroll or cycle again residence.
Final week, sixteen migrant staff in a bunch of 20 have been killed after a cargo prepare ran over them whereas they have been sleeping on the tracks in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad.