As lockdown 4.0 takes shape, hundreds of people stuck since the beginning of the lockdown have now started to cross the Delhi-Ghaziabad border to reach their native places. Most of them are migrants labourers who have no food, no money and no work due to the nationwide lockdown.
On Friday morning around 10 am, hundreds of migrants had gathered at the Delhi-UP border in ‘Ghazipur’ in order to enter UP, but were stopped by the police present and were told to step back as they did not have any valid travel pass issued. As time passed, hundreds gathered at the border due to which the traffic was also affected.
Ravi, a migrant worker, who started from Haryana on Thursday, along with his wife and 3 children, told India Today TV, “We have been walking since 4 am yesterday. I have a wife and 3 kids and with no money at all. It’s really tough to manage.” He further added that if the state governments had taken appropriate steps, he and his family wouldn’t have been suffering.
Another migrant worker, Seema, who hails from UP, told India Today TV, ” We [husband and three children] have been stuck in Delhi since the lockdown began. My husband and I do labour work but since there is no work for us now, we want to go back to our village. I have 3 kids and since there is no source of earning, it is getting difficult for us day by day.”
Desperate to get home, migrant workers across the country are undertaking long and arduous journeys to their native places on foot, or packed into trucks.