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A similar crowd has been seen outside Mumbai’s Lokmanya Tilak Terminus station since Sunday.
After one year of Corona, the situation has started again as it was last year. Corona cases are steadily increasing in Mumbai. People here have started to fear the long lockdown. Hence the migrant laborers living in Mumbai started moving towards their state and cities. All the railway stations of Mumbai are crowded with migrants. There are long queues for train tickets. Things are worse in Bhiwandi and Thane. Apart from this, companies have also started removing employees for fear of lockdown.
Without reservation, there is no entry in the station, people arriving with family
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus station in Mumbai has been witnessing huge crowd of migrant laborers every day since Sunday. People are busy here with their belongings and family. Entry without a reserve ticket is not available in the station. Long queues are seen on ticket windows. Ahmad Khan, a resident of Uttar Pradesh and working as a contract health worker in Dharavi, Mumbai, said, “The last time the government suddenly put us in trouble, people had to eat police poles. If such a situation does not come again, we are going back to our village. ‘
This picture is of Marine Drive in Mumbai. In order to save the rent of the house, the workers leave the house and are gathering in public places like this.
Had no money to eat food, somehow got it from home
Rajesh Parihar, a resident of Banda in UP, had been working as a security guard in Mumbai for many years. The company fired him a week earlier, fearing a lockdown. They did not have enough money to go back home. Somehow ordered money from home and now they are returning. Rajesh told, ‘I returned here after the situation was normal. After leaving my job, I did not have enough money to even eat food, I am returning home in some way.
Picture outside LTT station. Most of the people returning home are from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Production of these industries may be affected again
The exodus of laborers is going to have a major impact on the sizing associated with the powerloom industry, the work of dyeing companies, construction of pearl factories and warehouses, construction work. According to official data released by the state government, in the year 2020 between the lockdown, 11.86 lakh migrant laborers migrated from the entire state including Mumbai. However, this figure was around 25 lakhs in the figures.
Where do migrant laborers come from
According to a report published in the Economic and Political Weekly, migrant laborers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar go the most, especially in Mumbai and Delhi. Then comes the number of laborers from Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Jharkhand.
Had to walk last year
In March last year, millions of migrant laborers working in Mumbai were shut down following a nationwide lockdown, following which workers had to walk from Mumbai to states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand.
Railways increased the number of trains
In view of the increasing rush of passengers, the Central and Central Railways have decided to run several special trains. The Central Railway has decided to run special trains from Mumbai to Gorakhpur, Patna and Darbhanga. The 01053 special LTT will depart at 4.40 pm on 13 and 20 April and reach Gorakhpur at 2 pm on the third day. 01054 Special will leave Gorakhpur on April 15 and 22 at 4.05 am and arrive LTT the next day at 11.45 pm. The 21401 Superfast special train will depart from Pune on April 9, 11, 16 and 18 at 4.15 pm and reach Danapur at 11.45 am the next day.
Security personnel have to work hard to clear the crowd amid the growing threat of infection.
Railways are doing this to reduce congestion
According to the Chief Public Relations Officer of Central Railway, Shivaji Sutar, only those with reserve tickets are allowed to come to the station premises and travel in trains. Earlier those who traveled from general category are now being given limited tickets in second seating category. Apart from this, the platform ticket price has been reduced to 50 rupees, so as not to get crowded on the platform.