Around one thousand families in the shanties are stuck with dwindling supplies and avenues for earning due to lockdown. As one enters the slum, the impact of the lockdown turns starker. Some residents have been living here for a long time but many from the other states are stuck and look forward to return home as their patience and money run out.
Industrial Promotion and Investment Corporation of Odisha managing director Nitin Jawale told ET that both the governments will jointly work out modalities to get migrant labourers back home, adding that once in Odisha, the labourers will be quarantined for 14 days before they are allowed into their villages.
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The migrant workers gathered in Varachha area of Surat city and sat on a road demanding that they should be allowed to go to their native places, police said.
Imran Khedawala, MLA from Jamalpur Khadia, has started visiting the areas under quarantine with a medical team to convince people to come forward for testing and many have responded positively.
Vallabh Kathiria, chairman of Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog, told ET that consumption of goumutra (cow urine) and goumutra ark, or condensed cow urine, in the state has risen significantly after the coronavirus outbreak to about 6,000 litres a day.
A skirmish broke out between migrant labourers, frantically trying to reach their homes in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and the police in Surat’s Pandesara area on Sunday.
On Sunday afternoon, Sonu and his friends crossed Zundal crossroads. From the outskirts of Ahmedabad, they set out for Lucknow on foot as the lockdown has brought their lives to a grinding halt.
With total positive cases for coronavirus reaching 44 in Gujarat, the state witnessed two deaths in the last 24 hours.
The graduate in fresh water biology from Sindh University found the price unaffordable as the prices have started sky rocketing in view of the lockdown. But Arjun is one of the luckier one to have some supplies left.
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