Vadodara: 1,209 migrants leave for UP by special train

Written by Aditi Raja
| Vadodara |

Published: May 5, 2020 6:19:44 am

The special train with 24 non air-conditioned coaches would cowl the gap of about 1,110 kilometers in beneath 22 hours. (Representationl)
Shortly after midnight, 38-year-old Mohammad Alam from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh reached the Vadodara railway station in one of many metropolis buses despatched by the district administration to fetch 1,209 migrant staff from UP stranded in Vadodara for the reason that lockdown was imposed in March. They have been a part of the primary batch of migrants from UP to return house by the special Shramik Express from Vadodara to Lucknow that departed at 2.30am Monday.

Clutching on to 2 items of paper, Alam picked up his pink and brown bag and adopted the directions of the cops ensuring that the teams maintained distance and boarded their designated compartments.

The two items of paper included a clean chit block, rubber stamped by the Vadodara City Mamlatdar, which had “700/-” written in Gujarati beneath his identify and a medical certificates issued by the physician from the native city well being centre the place Alam stayed for over a month. The medical certificates issued by the state authorities talked about that Alam had no signs of acute respiratory an infection, fever, cough, chilly, breathlessness and was “valid for three days for the purpose of travel only”.

“The Mamlatdar’s paper is proof that I have paid for my train ticket to Lucknow, from where the UP government will make arrangements for my further travel to Saharanpur. If I lose this, I am scared they will ask me to get off the train. I am going to keep it safe,” he stated.

The special train with 24 non air-conditioned coaches would cowl the gap of about 1,110 kilometers in beneath 22 hours. Each coach would carry 50 passengers to keep up social distancing as per the protocol determined by the Centre. While nobody can be allowed to get into the train at technical halts, railway officers confirmed that batches of migrants can be allowed to alight at necessary stations in UP the place the train would halt, particularly Kanpur, which comes earlier than Lucknow.

Railway officers stated that the choice to run the trains had been taken by the Gujarat authorities in coordination with its counterpart in UP. “The entire decision and transportation of migrants and social distancing has been handled by the administration. The railways was only informed and instructed to provide the logistical support as needed. Even the ticket costs have been decided by the government and the process of issuing the tickets has also been handled by the nodal officers appointed to coordinate locally,” a high railway official instructed this newspaper.

Vadodara Commissioner of Police Anupam Singh Gahlaut stated the administration had drawn up a listing of all migrants from UP who wished to return, together with those that have been despatched again from Gujarat-MP border in Dahod on Sunday and people prohibited from travelling on foot and with out permits on Saturday. “This is the first batch of migrants leaving today. The second batch is also ready and we will be sending them shortly,” Gahlaut stated.

Another labourer, who labored as a driver in Surat after attempting his luck as a manufacturing unit employee, Mohit Yadav (28) from Kanpur district, stated, “I haven’t spoken to my family for almost 10 days because my mother, wife and three daughters would only keep crying. It was driving me mad. Today when I told them that I was leaving for the station, they were excited and also relieved. The big sorry is arranging money for the family in the next few days. I have exhausted all the money I had in trying to hitch rides on trucks back home, which did not materialise. My salary for March and April has not been given yet and I don’t know if it will even come.”

When a staff of medical officers arrived at round 9 pm on the VMC-run Dayanand Saraswati Vidyalaya in Vadodara to display screen the 24 migrants from UP who’ve been housed there for the reason that lockdown started in March, Rajkumari Nisad (25) had just one query for the medical doctors: “What should I do to safely travel back to Kanpur in my advanced pregnancy stage?”

“Going back home is important. I just hope that the journey is not too taxing. I have already taken risks during my fifth month when we had left from Pandesara in Surat (where her husband worked as a textile weaver), walking a long distance and climbing in and out of multiple trucks on the way. Now, I just want to go home and deliver my baby safely,” she stated.

Another migrant household from Makrandpur in rural Kanpur — Dharmendra Kumar (30), his spouse Mamta Devi (26) and two kids aged 5 and three — borrowed Rs 1,400 for two tickets for the adults from different labourers.

“We did not have the money. Luckily our children have not been charged because they are under 12 years of age but for us to arrange the money for two tickets was tough. We borrowed from two people who live in a village close by in Kanpur. We will pay them in installments,” stated Dharmendra.

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