UP To Ferry Migrant Workers In State Transport Buses, Not Allow Walking: CM Yogi Decides Post Auraiya Accident 

IANSSunday, May 17, 2020 4:53 am IST
UPSRTC Bus (Pic Via Wikipedia)
UPSRTC Bus (Pic Via Wikipedia)

The Uttar Pradesh State Roadways Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) has started deploying buses in various districts of Uttar Pradesh to carry migrants to their respective destinations.

"We will send the number of buses required in various districts on the written requests of the district magistrates. We have also directed our drivers and conductors that while coming back after dropping migrants to their destination, if they see other migrants walking on foot, they should make them board empty buses and drop them at pick up points on district borders," said UPSRTC Managing Director (MD) Raj Shekhar.

The buses will be deployed at the pick-up points on the borders of all districts.

After the Auraiya road mishap on Saturday morning (16 May) in which 24 migrants were killed, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered that no migrant should be allowed movement on foot, cycle or unauthorised vehicles.

In a meeting through video conferencing with all district magistrates that ended around midnight on Saturday, the chief minister said that if migrants were found walking to their destinations, the concerned officials would face action.

He said that all migrants should be stopped at the entry points, given food and water and then subjected to medical screening. "After this procedure, the migrants should be taken to their destinations in buses," he ordered.

Soon after the chief minister issued this directive, entry was stopped at all entry points of the state capital.

Meanwhile, Lucknow Police Commissioner Sujeet Pandey said, "Two inspectors, eight sub-inspectors, and 30 constables, besides one company of PAC will be deployed at every entry point. Migrant workers will not be allowed to move on foot, auto, tempo, cycles or on trucks. They will be taken to their destination on buses."

Within an hour, long queues of vehicle were seen at the Lucknow-Kanpur highway.

At Raksa, on the UP-MP border in Jhansi, the traffic jam extended to almost 20 kilometres on Sunday morning.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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