Pune Collector Naval Kishore Ram has directed officers in villages alongside the nationwide highways to create short-term ‘rest houses’ for migrant staff strolling to their houses or taking different technique of transport.
The resting services will probably be created at dhabas, marriage halls and different public buildings at common intervals, in order to supply water, meals and entry to bathrooms to the travellers.
These ‘rest houses’ will probably be arrange with the assistance of native Gram Panchayats alongside Pune-Bangalore, Pune-Solapur, Pune-Nashik, Pune-Ahmednagar and Pune-Mumbai highways, and cash for these will probably be made out there from the State Disaster Management Funds, Collector Ram stated in a directive issued to Tahsildars.
“Migrants workers, labourers who are stuck away from home in another state or district have been allowed to travel using the proscribed procedure. These are summer times and taking into account the need to provide them rest, water and food, Collector Naval Kishore Ram has passed directives to set up these rest houses along the highways,” stated an announcement issued by District Information Office, Pune.
“The proposal to set up the rest house has to be sent by the gram panchayat after taking approval of the Block Development Officer (BDO) to Tahsildar concerned and the latter should approve it immediately. After getting the approval, the gram panchayat should immediately start the rest house, where facilities such as tea, snacks, meals as well as toilets and resting area should be provided for the migrant workers. It should also have facilities for the migrant workers to wash their hands and sanitise them. Precautions must be taken to ensure that the labourers follow social distancing,” Ram has directed.
The Gram Panchayats have been requested to take care of a register to report visits by the labourers, and ship the every day report to native Tahsildars. “Tahsildars and Block Development Officers should pay regular visits to ensure that good quality services are rendered by rest houses for the labourers,” reads the assertion.
When requested if such provisions would encourage extra labourers to stroll residence as an alternative of ready for the Union and the state governments to rearrange transport services, Ram stated: “It’s a fact that some persons are walking. The idea of the rest houses is not to encourage the practice, but ensure that if anyone is found walking on the road, he can get food, water and rest. This won’t be a very organised setup, the idea is to take a humane approach towards this.”
The Collector additionally stated such travellers will probably be discouraged from strolling lengthy distances and will probably be requested to register with the authorities.
For the previous few days, the Indian Railways has began working ‘Shramik Special’ trains from Pune. Three such trains took about 2,400 stranded individuals to Uttar Pradesh and 1090 to Madhya Pradesh since Thursday.
However, there are tens of 1000’s of others who’re nonetheless ready to go residence, and a giant chunk is setting off on 1000-km journeys on foot or bicycles. According to authorities, about 68,000 migrants have registered with authorities to acquire a transit cross.
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