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Migrant workers are seen in a bus arranged by Uttar Pradesh state government to transport the people stranded during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spread of coronavirus, in Ghaziabad (Photo: Reuters)
Migrant workers are seen in a bus arranged by Uttar Pradesh state government to transport the people stranded during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spread of coronavirus, in Ghaziabad (Photo: Reuters)

See pics: Amid lockdown, UP govt arranges special buses for scores of migrants

  • The buses were all crowded and people jostled with each other for space, some even sat atop the buses
  • Meanwhile, UP CM has requested the CMs of Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, and Haryana to arrange food and lodging for citizens of UP living in their states

Ghaziabad: Hundreds of migrant workers reached Ghaziabad's Lal Kuan on Saturday after taking an arduous trek on foot through Delhi and Gurugram and other cities.

The people took buses to their respective native places from Lal Kuan.

The migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana and several other places have been left with little option as the country is in a 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19.

It was meant to enforce people to observe social distancing the pictures tell a different story. But it has some pitfalls too- leaving daily wagers and marginalised high and dry.

The Uttar Pradesh government has arranged bus services from Anand Vihar in Delhi for people who have been stranded in the national capital due to the lockdown imposed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Migrant workers, who are returning to their villages, try to catch a water bottle distributed by the local residents, on a highway during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus, in Ghaziabad (Photo: Reuters)
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Migrant workers, who are returning to their villages, try to catch a water bottle distributed by the local residents, on a highway during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus, in Ghaziabad (Photo: Reuters)

"If there is any resident or migrant laborer of Uttar Pradesh is trapped in Delhi, then the arrangements for his or her return to home have been made by the Government of Uttar Pradesh," said a notification.

The migrants can contact the following numbers to avail bus services -- 011-26110151 and 011-26110155.

The buses will ply from the Anand Vihar bus stand.

(Photo: ANI)
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(Photo: ANI)

"If there is any resident or migrant laborer of Uttar Pradesh is trapped in Delhi, then the arrangements for his or her return to home have been made by the Government of Uttar Pradesh," said a notification.

The migrants can contact the following numbers to avail bus services -- 011-26110151 and 011-26110155.

The buses will ply from the Anand Vihar bus stand.


Earlier today, the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) requested all District Magistrates (DMs), Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs) and other officials not to obstruct the movement of 200 special buses being run to provide transport facilities to people stuck at various places in the border areas with Delhi.

The government has announced various welfare schemes, food distribution programmes, nigh shelters but a section of poor men and women continue to move towards their native places.

Migrant workers wait for buses along a highway with their families as they return to their villages, during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus, in Ghaziabad (Photo: Reuters)
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Migrant workers wait for buses along a highway with their families as they return to their villages, during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus, in Ghaziabad (Photo: Reuters)

The buses were all crowded and people jostled with each other for space, some even sat atop the buses.

In a similar situation, several workers reached Ghaziabad's Kaushambi Bus Station on Friday to take buses to their respective native places in the state.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has requested the chief ministers of Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, and Haryana to arrange food and lodging for citizens of UP living in their states.

In the last couple of days, with a national lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus outbreak, scores of migrants in New Delhi were seen heading back to their hometowns on foot to nearby districts in Uttar Pradesh.

The migrants were spotted on ITO and Vikas Marg in large numbers and many of them cited reasons pertaining to no availability of food and landlords throwing them out.

A policeman (not seen in the picture) distributes a packet of bread to the migrant workers waiting for buses along a highway with their families as they return to their villages, during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus, in Ghaziabad (Photo: Reuters)
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A policeman (not seen in the picture) distributes a packet of bread to the migrant workers waiting for buses along a highway with their families as they return to their villages, during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus, in Ghaziabad (Photo: Reuters)

"We are obeying the government orders but where would we get food from? If the government will provide food, when does it plan in doing so? Till when can we stay alone inside a room," one of the migrants told ANI.

He added, "By going home, at least a person would be surrounded by his family members and there is a guarantee of getting food."

Echoing similar sentiments, another migrant who also lived in rented accommodation said that when the rationing of staples was taking place, he was refused to be given any ration as shopkeepers found him healthy.

"Do I not have a stomach? Shall I die of hunger? Who do we complain to as there is nobody to hear our complaints? Landlords have kicked us out asking for rent. Where do we go," he said.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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