For years collectively, Mumbai noticed hordes of individuals arrive within the metropolis by trains to chase their goals and construct a future. However now, simply the reverse is seen, as 1000’s of migrant labourers go away the town in desperation, in no matter transport they’ll discover. And in the event that they fail to search out transport, they’re merely strolling house to far-flung locations like Lucknow and Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Generally, the journey ends with tragic penalties. A gaggle of labourers who left in a tempo from Mumbai on Sunday night, met with an accident simply hours later, on the identical freeway they’d stopped for a break.
Hours earlier, they’d spoken to NDTV and mentioned they had been returning to their houses as they’d nothing to eat.
Mumbai’s migrant labourers are leaving the town in hordes. Not simply in particular “Shramik(staff)” trains organized by the federal government, however in auto rickshaws, vans, tempos and even on foot. A labourer amongst a bunch headed to Sultanpur in a truck mentioned, “We left at eight final evening. Now we have been stranded right here since 2 am because the truck broke down.” The group has pregnant ladies, youngsters who’re from one-month-old to one-year-old who’re compelled to attend on the highway as their truck is being repaired.
The federal government says they’re but to reach at an estimate of what number of have left with 1000’s giving the police a slip and leaving on foot. Unofficially, authorities sources say lakhs are already on their means house to different states.
Shiv Sena spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut mentioned, “The problem of migrant labourers are essential. One should handle this, whether or not it is the state or the central authorities. Now trains have resumed. These migrants will capable of transfer to their house.”
A 1,400-km journey, that had barely begun for a bunch of 20 travelling to Lucknow in a tempo, got here to a grinding halt in essentially the most tragic method. The motive force of the tempo, who had spoken to NDTV, simply hours earlier, is now useless. His household survived with accidents after their tempo met with an accident. One in all among the many group had advised NDTV, “There are many issues. We do not have something to eat. We had rations until now, so we had been consuming that. Now, we’re heading out. We’ll journey someway on this.”
The motive force who died had advised NDTV, “We’re all kin. The tempo had damaged down. We left at eight pm. The tempo broke down at 11 pm. There was no possibility however to attend until morning once we went to Bhiwandi. From there we obtained it repaired and got here right here.”
Even because the Uddhav Thackeray authorities introduced the price of their railway tickets could be borne by the state authorities by way of the Chief Minister’s Aid Fund and the particular trains proceed to go away Mumbai, many migrant labourers merely aren’t keen to attend. For them it is nearly getting house, even it if it means risking their lives, typically with tragic penalties.