Covid-19: UP govt arranges 1,000 buses to ferry stranded migrant labourers

The Uttar Pradesh government has organized 1,000 buses to transport migrant workers stranded in border districts due to a blockage across the country, an official spokesman said on Saturday.

Department of Transportation officials, bus drivers and drivers were contacted Friday evening to help stranded people in Noida, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahar and Aligarh, among others, he said.

“Until late at night, the chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, was busy giving instructions to organize buses for this purpose,” the spokesman said, adding that the CM had also ordered officials to take food and water for these people and their families.

On Saturday morning, senior police officers arrived at Charbagh bus station in Lucknow to ensure that those arriving there were supplied with water and food.

The buses then left for Kanpur, Ballia, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Azamgarh, Faizabad, Basti, Pratapgarh, Sultanpur, Amethi, Rae Bareli, Gonda, Etawah, Bahraich and Shravasti.

State DGP Hitesh Chandra Awasthi and Lucknow Police Commissioner Sujit Kumar Pande were personally present at the bus station to monitor the arrangements, the spokesman added.

The 21-day lock imposed from Tuesday midnight in order to stop the spread of triggered a mass exodus of migrant workers from cities in several states to their villages.

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