COVID-19 Karnataka wrap: Trains, buses ferry migrant workers; BBMP bats for ward-wise zoning in Bengaluru


Written by Ralph Alex Arakal
| Bengaluru |

Published: May 3, 2020 10:07:32 pm





Migrant labourers deboard a BMTC bus to enter Malur railway station on Sunday. (Express Photo)
Even because the nationwide lockdown was prolonged by one other two weeks, over 3,000 migrant labourers stranded in Karnataka had been delighted as they boarded trains to their hometowns in different states.

On Sunday, the South Western Railway facilitated three Shramik Special trains carrying a complete of three,590 folks in three completely different trains – two from Malur and one from Chikkabanavara – each from the outskirts of Bengaluru metropolis.

While the primary Shramik particular left Chikkabanavara at 9.26 am for Bhubaneswar in Odisha, the second practice departed for Danapur (Bihar) from Malur at 2.35 pm.

The third practice to Hatia (Jharkhand) started its journey at 5.25 pm from Malur.

In an announcement, SWR mentioned that particular care was taken to make sure social distancing throughout the migrants’ commute to the railway stations and contained in the trains. “All passengers were medically examined by State Government and were issued medical certificate. Thermal screening was again done by Railway Medical Team at respective railway stations. No one was detected with high temperature,” the assertion learn.

SWR Chief Public Relations Officer E Vijaya advised Indianexpress.com that RPF groups are escorting the trains gathering coach-wise particulars and get in touch with numbers of all passengers. “We are digitising coach-wise and train-wise data for future need of contact tracing, if the need arises,” she mentioned.

The travellers had been supplied transport from their locations of residence to railway stations in Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses.

SWR officers added that lunch packets, biscuits, water bottles, and fruits had been supplied to the passengers, as donated by a number of NGOs together with Azim Premji Foundation. “En route, meals are supplied by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the official added.

KSRTC buses help intra-state migrant labourers reach home for free

A day after drawing widespread criticism for demanding inflated fares from migrant staff for their journey again house to rural areas in the state, the Karnataka authorities organized lots of of buses for the identical freed from value on Sunday.

According to the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), as many as 440 such buses left Kempegowda (Majestic) Bus Stand in Bengaluru until 7 pm on Sunday.

While most buses had been run to Yadgir (54), Kalaburagi (52) and Bidar (31), labourers had been supplied transport to 46 cities throughout districts in the state from capital metropolis Bengaluru.

These companies will likely be out there until Tuesday, CM B S Yediyurappa clarified.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) donated Rs 1 crore to KSRTC to facilitate free transportation to the stranded labourers after studies surfaced on them being charged closely for the identical on Saturday.

“Bus facilities for those wanting to go home has been very inadequate. Thousands are suffering without food & water at bus stands. Karnataka Govt must wake up to their sufferings,” KPCC President D Ok Shivakumar tweeted, attaching a replica of the cheque addressed to the KSRTC Managing Director.

Several senior leaders together with chief of opposition Siddaramaiah, MP Rajeev Gowda, former ministers Dinesh Gundu Rao, Krishna Byre Gowda and others paid visits to the bus station on Sunday interacting with passengers, and elevating their issues to the involved authorities.

Inter-district journey to be allowed as soon as for people: DGP

In a bid to assist staff stranded at areas away from their workplaces, the Karnataka State Police has determined to permit one-time permission to journey inside districts in Karnataka.

Confirming this, Karnataka Director General of Police Praveen Sood tweeted, “Stranded due to lockdown? Want to join work? Interdistrict ONE DAY ONE WAY ONE TIME self-certified e-pass will be launched tonight for the entire state. Wait for the link tonight.”

Karnataka: Discharges outnumber new optimistic instances for second consecutive day

With 22 folks recovering from COVID-19 an infection in Karnataka and 13 new instances confirmed optimistic, the discharges outnumbered new instances for the second consecutive day in Karnataka on Sunday.

The new instances embody six from Kalaburagi, 4 from Bengaluru Urban and three from Bagalkote, in line with the Department of Health and Family Welfare Services.

With a fatality fee of 4.07 per cent (as on May 3, 5 pm), the state has recorded 25 deaths as a result of pandemic to this point. While 293 folks have recovered from the an infection, 295 energetic instances are present process remedy in designated hospitals positioned throughout the state.

Meanwhile, the state authorities launched an up to date checklist of Red, Orange and Green Zones in the state on Sunday. The district-wise checklist is as follows:

Red zone: Bengaluru Urban, Mysuru, Bengaluru Rural

Orange zone: Belagavi, Kalaburgi, Vijayapura, Bagalkote, Mandya, Bellary, Dharwad, Dakshina Kannada, Bidar, Chikkaballapur, Gadag, Uttara Kannada, Tumkur

Green zone: Davanagere, Udupi, Chamrajanagar, Chikkamagaluru, Chitradurga, Hassan, Haveri, Kodagu, Koppal, Raichur, Shivamogga, Ramanagara, Yadgir

BBMP bats for ward-wise COVID-19 zoning

Even as Bengaluru Urban district falls below pink zones in the district-wise categorisation by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) as relaxations had been introduced in lockdown restrictions from May 4, native civic physique Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has written to the MHA demanding that zoning must be completed on the ward-level in the Karnataka capital.

BBMP Commissioner B H Anil Kumar confirmed that the choice was taken because the unfold of the novel coronavirus in Bengaluru is contained in a small geographic space as in comparison with different cities in India.

“Out of 198 wards, 177 wards do not have any positive cases at the moment. Containment zones have been identified only 21 wards within BBMP limits. Since Bengaluru (Urban) is classified as a ‘Red Zone’ we have written a letter to MHA seeking permission to get relaxations in all other wards which are free of the pandemic,” Anil Kumar mentioned.

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