Amid Mumbai lockdown talk, migrant movement seen on MP route

Amid Mumbai lockdown talk, migrant movement seen on MP route

Indore, Apr 11 (PTI) A severe spike in COVID-19 cases
in Mumbai and persistent talk of a “complete lockdown” there
to tackle it has, like last year, made the national highway
number 3 skirting past Madhya Pradesh”s commercial hub Indore
a prime route for wary migrants returning home to states like
Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

The number of motorcycles, black-and-yellow mini
trucks and autorickshaws, teeming with migrants, have been on
the rise over the past few days on a bypass road connected to
this route, popularly known as Mumbai-Agra road, eye-witnesses
said on Sunday.

“The virus outbreak has once again got very severe in
Mumbai. There might be a lockdown and it may, like last year,
render us jobless. So we have decided to return home,” said
Ramsharan Singh (40), making his way back to Ballia in Uttar
Pradesh in an autorickshaw.

Similar is the case with Mohammad Shadab, going back
to his hometown in Bihar”s Bhojpur district.

“I work in a restaurant in Mumbai. I will think of
returning there if the situation improves. Or else, I plan to
stay back in Bihar and look for work,” he said.

Thanks to a weekend lockdown, and inter-state travel
exempted from it, these vehicles moved past Indore quickly as
normal traffic on the roads was thin.

Last year, the route witnessed bumper-to-bumper
traffic as people trying to escape a crippling coronavirus-
induced lockdown in Mumbai and adjoining areas made their way
home to eastern and northern states in some of the most
helpless and trying travel conditions.

Mumbai on Saturday reported 9,330 fresh cases and 28
deaths, taking the count of infections to 5,10,512 and the
toll to 11,944.

Mumbai division, comprising the metropolis and
adjoining districts, reported 18,241 new cases and 89 deaths
during the day, raising the tally to 10,64,221 and the
fatality count to 21,028. PTI HWP LAL

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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