Following orders of Shivaji Daund, Commissioner of Konkan Division, the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) opened its exhibition centre in Vashito migrants who have been rendered jobless and homeless due to the current COVID-19 crisis. A lot of these labourers have been trying to reach their hometowns by foot or in containers being used to supply essential goods.
At present, the CIDCO exhibition centre is housing 63 people from Uttar Pradesh, 66 from Karnataka and 11 from Maharashtra, making it a total of 140 workers in the shelter. Of the total, 37 are women. The 140 workers were caught by the Panvel City Police on Sunday, March 29, while the workers were attempting to leave the city.
Around 77 people were trying to leave in one of the trucks meant to supply essential goods and were caught at Vashi toll naka. On the other hand, 16 people were caught travelling in another container tempo near Palaspa. The workers caught were taken to the exhibition centre turned into a shelter home. However, the two drivers were booked.
Sanjay Kumar, Police Commissioner, Mumbai Police said, “States are not accepting their own people and borders have been blocked. To avoid this, the migrant workers will be taken to shelter homes and provided food.”
Municipal Commissioner of Navi Mumbai and the Collector are planning to have 14 such shelter homes across Mumbai from Belapur to Digha ward. The authorities are on a lookout for places which can be turned into shelters which will follow social distancing norms. Moreover, Panvel City Corporation is also on the move to approach private schools to identify makeshift shelter homes.