The second wave of COVID-19 has hit India hard, with number of positive cases in the Country rising at a rapid pace.
With rising number of COVID-19 cases in metros of the country – especially Delhi and Mumbai, migrant workers have started their journey back to their homes.
The migrant workers have started returning to their native places in fear of imposition of lockdown.
With COVID-19 cases rising across India at a much higher pace, compared to last year when the pandemic broke, the fear of imposition of lockdown has been making migrant workers anxious.
“Lockdown may be announced. There is already no work. We are leaving,” said a migrant worker in Delhi while leaving for his native place in Uttar Pradesh.
“With so many COVID-19 cases detected daily in Delhi, the government may announce lockdown anytime. Before that happens, I am leaving,” said another migrant worker who hails from Bihar.
“Once lockdown is imposed, there will be no transportation. There will be no work. What will we do then? We suffered a lot due to lockdown last year. I am leaving for home before a lockdown is imposed,” said another migrant worker hailing from Assam while leaving Delhi.
Not only Delhi, migrant workers in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore are also exploring options of returning home to their villages.
Many migrant workers in Mumbai have also started their journey back to their home States fearing imposition of lockdown.
A huge crowd of migrant workers arrived at the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) at Kurla in Mumbai on Tuesday to return to the home States.
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Notably, the nationwide lockdown imposed last year resulted in massive exodus of migrant workers from metro cities to their native places.