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35 labourers from Bihar stuck in two containers


For nearly a month now, 35 labourers who had come from Bihar and Jharkhand to put gasoline pipelines were residing inside two containers in Yelahanka

For about 35 migrant labourers, existence has paused. They had come to the city to put gasoline pipelines, however now are housed inside containers. All the labourers are squeezed into two containers, leaving no room for the required social distance right through the lockdown.

Social workers who used to distribute meals to the labourers say they have been attaining out to the government about their condition, however there has been no reaction up to now.

These migrant labourers had come from Jharkhand and Bihar on March 13 however had been waiting for the contractor to get the permission to begin the gasoline pipeline work within the Judicial Layout in Yelahanka. By the time they gained the permission, the lockdown were implemented they usually may no longer return to their hometowns. HM Venkatesh, a social activist, stated that for the reason that lockdown, they have been giving them two foods a day and have also provided rations so that they can get ready meals for themselves.

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“There are about 250 migrant labourers within the space including these 35 who are recently residing inside two containers. They prepare dinner and sleep here. There are not any toilets and they all were going within the open in the back of bushes. We were looking to spread consciousness amongst them to care for cleanliness and care for distance from each different however with very much less area to be had they don't have another choice. We tried attaining out to the government however there has been no reaction but. I even spoke to the Labour minister Shivaram Hebbar however no lend a hand has been extended but,” he stated.

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Anuj Kumar, some of the labourers stated that since day one, they have been residing inside containers and have neither been ready to resume work nor to go back. “It’s been virtually two months, we aren't getting paid and we aren't ready to transport around. While many of the different workers reside at construction websites or sheds, we have to keep in these containers, which we had been supposed to make use of to complete out work. These aren't supposed to be inhabited. With the money given by our contractor, we now have arranged two water tankers to come each two days and we use that water for drinking, cooking and bathing,” he stated.


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Another labourer Sujeeth Kumar stated that since they're used to eating rotis, a few of them are finding it tough to get used to rice which is being given to them. Sometimes, we end up sound asleep below the containers within the afternoon due to the heat. It will get very popular inside the container and unbearable. With heavy rains, water has stagnated around the container and there are a large number of mosquitoes at evening. We aren't ready to eat or sleep properly. We simply want to return house.”

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Venkatesh stated that he along side six to seven volunteers, were feeding 1,000 labourers each day within the surrounding areas and they have been finding it very tough to get donations and reinforce them. “They are a large workforce. And with out a donations coming, we don’t understand how lengthy we will stay serving to them.”


Raghunath Reddy, a resident and a volunteer, stated that there have been about 30 different labourers who had been stuck within the space with out a refuge. He has given them sheds to reside in. “It could be great if the government may lend a hand them with rations. At least then they'll be able to survive until the lockdown is lifted,” he stated.


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