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.
कोरोना वायरस के संक्रमण से निपटने हेतु लागू लॉकडाउन के कारण पलायन कर रहे कामगारों की मदद के लिए यूपी सरकार ने 1000 बसों का इंतजाम किया है जिससे लोग अपने गंतव्य स्थान तक बिना किसी परेशानी के पहुँच सकें।
CM श्री @myogiadityanath जी ने पूरी रात इस व्यवस्था की स्वयं मॉनिटरिंग की है।
– Yogi Adityanath Office (@myogioffice) March 28, 2020
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 coronavirus triggered a mass exodus of migrant workers from cities in several states to their villages.