Gurugram: Dumped the dreams of my city that turned into dust Lockdown, 11 men took off their weight Rickshaw And cycled eight days from Gurugram Bihar, Dodging the police and often starving as they made their way home more than 1,000 km away.
Traveling overnight to avoid the heat and taking long journeys through routes where they could get food or be able to repair a puncture, their village reached Bangra in Muzaffarpur district on Sunday.
On 17 May, men, all rickshaw drivers participated in it Haryana People living in Delhi hoped that they could get a seat Shramik Special Train He will take them home.
Bharat Kumar, one of the 11 people on Bangra’s phone, said, “We have been struggling with lack of work and money since the lockout started on 25 March.
Tensions were rising – there was no work for two months, their families were back at home waiting for money, landlords in Gurgaon were demanding rent and the lockdown continued endlessly. Like some others, Bharat too had registered for a seat in the Shramik special train. The 48-year-old said he waits for the phone daily so he can go to the station. But only his landlord called, asking him for rent.
Bharata said that he decided to go to Gurugram railway station, where he was refused entry and met with other people, who had come to find out about the status of his ticket. Eleven of them were found, and embarked on a long journey of 1,090 kilometers on a cycle rickshaw.
“How long have I been waiting? It had already been two months. The situation was getting out of hand. If I had not vacated the rented room, I would be thrown out. And any clarity on that Wasn’t when things would get back. Normal, “Bharata reported.
Describing the journey, he said, “We were afraid that the police might intercept or chase us in the middle. But we tried our best to avoid their evasion and traveled more at night. In the afternoon It was also very hot. Thankfully, no policeman was caught. ” Us. Some good Samaritans gave us food in places, but we sometimes had to survive without food. ”
Bharata said that he has not yet made up his mind what he will do to earn a livelihood and is feeling very weak after the journey.
His travel companion Zhokhu is also overwhelmed by his experience. “At first we thought that we could all go together. We thought that one person could sit and the other could ride so that both persons could get a break during the journey. But we did not leave our rickshaw back in Gurugram Could. ”
“This is the most expensive property we have. We don’t know when we will return, so we thought about packing our luggage on our rickshaws. The day before we left, we had food being distributed in various places in Gurugram. Collected. ”
According to 36-year-old Dayanath, the journey was difficult but the best thing he could do.
“Even now, we don’t have an update on the train ticket. I was still there. How long could I eat in the kitchens of the various communities waiting for someone to help me? I’m sure no help is in my way.” Was coming? So I had to find my way, “he said.
During the journey his rickshaw broke and he had to tow a petrol pump to fix puncture. There is also Raju, who hired a rickshaw but took her with him to Bihar.
“I don’t have my own rickshaw. It was on rent. I used to give a part of my earnings to ‘Malik’ (owner). He doesn’t even know that I brought a rickshaw here. I am sure he was angry that I gave him Already told. I could travel on a rickshaw, but we all had things to bring back.
Raju, the father of five children, said that there were some worrying moments along the way. His phone battery died and he could not get in touch with his family.
“They were scared that something happened to me,” he said.
But all is well that ends well, and he is happy at home. According to the Haryana Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), more than 2.90 lakh migrants have been sent home from the state. The country has been in lockdown since March 25 to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Karabs have now been extended to 31 May.
The nationwide lockdown shifted economic activity out of gear, facing many homeless and impoverished and migrating migrants from big cities to their home states. Trains and buses are being arranged to take the migrants to their places of origin, yet millions of people wait for the phone to avail this transport facility.