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4/9/21

Fear of lockdown triggering flight of migrant laborers again, UP-Bihar train could become superspreader; The railway department raised its hand

Scary pictures of Mumbai: Fear of lockdown triggering flight of migrant laborers again, UP-Bihar train could become superspreader; The railway department raised its hand



This picture is from Mumbai's Lokmanya Tilak Terminus station. People are willing to travel this way in trains going to UP-Bihar.

Double capacity passengers are traveling in general coaches at LTT station
Lockdown on workers a disaster, govt withdraws decision: Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam
Given the number of passengers, we are not in a position to ask for a covid-negative certificate: Railway Board Chairman





Corona transition in Maharashtra has reached its peak. The government is cracking down on the Koro epidemic, raising fears of a sudden lockdown among local migrant workers like last year. Migrant laborers from various parts of the state, including Mumbai, have left for their hometowns. There is no place to set foot at Mumbai's Lokmanya Tilak Terminus station at present. People are traveling in general coaches sitting on top of each other. The situation is similar in Pune and Nagpur. Such a careless journey can be a superspreader. Bhaskar reached the LTT station in such a situation and found out whether there is more fear of lockdown among the people than Corona.



Given the huge number of passengers, we are not in position to ask for COVID-negative certificate: Rly Board chairman- Press Trust of India (TIPTI_News) April 9, 2021

At the LTT station, the general coach carried twice as many passengers as capacity. There was not enough space for them to stand evenly in the train. Most people covered their faces with masks and cloths, but social discrimination was not observed. If there was no space on the seats and floor, people would sit on the roof sheets. People on the train going to Gorakhpur were also persuaded to travel outside Tingai. He raised his hand when the railway department was informed about this. "Given the number of passengers, we are not in a position to ask for a covid-negative certificate," the Railway Board chairman said. Crowds of people were seen commenting like this on questions of increasing transition.

Senior Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam reached the LTT station to persuade the passengers after receiving information about the crowd.

Explaining the truth of this dangerous journey to the passengers
, Pervez Alam, who was on his way to Lucknow, said that employment has been snatched away due to fears of lockdown, what to do here now. In the first wave of transition, UP passenger Rameshwar came to Mumbai again. “Just a few days ago I got a job in a private garment factory, but the owner fired me 4 days ago following the lockdown, so now I am returning to my homeland,” he said. The survey going to UP said that it is better to travel in this train for 30-35 hours than to go on foot like last year.

Most people moving to Uttar Pradesh have lost their jobs in Mumbai.

The panchayat elections in UP are also one of the reasons behind the crowd.
Another major reason for the increasing number of passengers in long distance trains may be the panchayat elections in UP. It may also be that people are returning to their village to vote for the ruler of their choice. Currently, polling is going to be held in UP from April 14 to 28. This is the reason why the waiting list in UP-Bihar trains is also long.

If there was no opportunity to enter through the door, the passenger was seen entering the compartment through the window.

Congress
leader Sanjay Nirupam reached the LTT station as the workers would spread the corona to other states as well . He also persuaded people. "There is a fear of lockdown among the people," Sanjay said. The congestion on the train could spread the corona to other states. Will Corona have escaped when these people return? Lockdown on workers has become a disaster, they have become unemployed. The government reverses the lockdown decision as soon as possible.

Workers say it is better to stand in a train than to walk.

Railways appeal: No need to be afraid of rumors
Seeing so many crowds, the Railways appealed to the passengers not to rely on rumors circulating about train bookings. Railways run special trains for tourists during summer vacations. Don't crowd like this in view of the epidemic. Arrive at the station 90 minutes before the train leaves and follow all the protocols of Kovid.

After the lockdown, the train is being operated as per the Covid guideline, so even in the general compartment, passengers are not allowed to travel without a reservation ticket.

A huge crowd is seen outside the Pune railway station.

Even in Pune, there is no place for passengers to set
foot in the railway station in Ghodapur Pune for the last 2 days. All trains to UP-Bihar and North India seem to be crowded. "We only allow confirmed ticket holders to enter the station, which is why there are crowds outside the stations," said Pune-based PRO Manoj Zaver. Some special trains have also been started in Pune, but they are also going full.


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