Maharashtra lockdown: Trains ‘fully booked’ for next few days, migrant workers in Mumbai wait for ride home

With non-essential companies shut until April 30 as a part of the brand new Covid-19 restrictions in Maharashtra, migrant employees seeking to return to their dwelling states are queueing up at prepare reservation counters at Mumbai’s Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT).

“There have been many queries at present from individuals who need to catch a prepare to UP and Bihar. I instructed them to get reserved tickets,” a railway worker at LTT stated.

Ready in a queue at LTT on Tuesday afternoon, Niyaz Ahmed, a 30-year-old from Lucknow, stated: “I bought lemon juice on Mohamed Ali highway. I’ve been in Mumbai for 15 years. I’ve a spouse and one little one again dwelling. I’m homeless and lived on the road. Now I’ve no supply of earnings. Again dwelling I’ll haven’t any job however at the very least I’ll get meals twice a day. Right here I’ll die hungry. They’re saying there isn’t a ticket. I’ll go with out a ticket and pay the tremendous if the ticket checker catches me.”

Like Ahmed, Suraj Yadav, 22, and Krishna Kumar Namdev, 33, each residents of Satna in Madhya Pradesh, rushed to the reservation counter to ebook tickets. With no tickets out there, they determined to sleep on the platform.

Yadav stated: “We labored in a small lodge in Nerul. The proprietor stated he is not going to pay us however will present for our meals. What can we do, sir? We can’t wait, we’ve got to depart. I have no idea if we are going to get work again within the village however must do one thing like farming.”

At CSMT on Tuesday evening, a gaggle of caterers from Bihar seemed upset and tensed because the ticket counter was shut. They must spend the evening on the station until the counter opens the following day.

Certainly one of them, Rajesh Kumar Das, 36, stated, “We work in motels and in catering service at CSMT. Our boss requested 60 of us to return dwelling. Now what can we do? We can’t afford to remain right here. I’ll attempt to go within the basic compartment.”

Shivaji Sutar, Chief Public Relations Officer, Central Railway, instructed The Indian Categorical, “In view of Covid-19, we’ve got permitted solely passengers with confirmed tickets to journey. Announcement of further trains, if any, at sure locations is just a part of the continuing gradual restoration of prepare companies. We enchantment to everybody to keep away from hypothesis over the explanations and never resort to panic reserving.”

A central railway official, requesting anonymity, stated that trains to Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have been totally booked for the following few days.

The partial lockdown additionally hit native merchants on the Dadar flower market. Mohan Janbhare, 44, who works at a flower bouquet stall, stated, “There is no such thing as a enterprise in any respect at present. Yesterday, at the very least 100 odd individuals got here to our store. We’re getting pay cuts. I used to earn 300 a day, now I’m incomes 200 a day. Now cops are saying shut it down fully.”

A number of roadside distributors on the Dadar flower market have been handled leniently by the police as they have been promoting a perishable product. The police had initially shut them down within the morning, however by night they once more took to the streets. Nonetheless, they have been once more compelled to close by the police. Some hawkers and highway facet merchants have been additionally seen on the highway exterior CSMT on Tuesday night. However, inside an hour, they too have been compelled to empty the roads.

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