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Hospital more important right now: Migrants stay back in Mumbai to build coronavirus isolation centres

Even as special trains ferry migrants back to their home states, some workers are staying back in Mumbai to help in construction of quarantine and isolation centres. To tackle the rising number of coronavirus infections, a 1,000-bed hospital is coming up in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex. (Photo:India Today)HIGHLIGHTSMigrant workers stay back in Mumbai to build…

Even as special trains ferry migrants back to their home states, some workers are staying back in Mumbai to help in construction of quarantine and isolation centres.

To tackle the rising number of coronavirus infections, a 1,000-bed hospital is coming up in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex. (Photo:India Today)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Migrant workers stay back in Mumbai to build Covid hospital, isolation centres
  • They say helping administration fight coronavirus more important right now
  • ‘We also want to go back to our families, but will complete work and then return’

Even as thousands of migrant labourers fight odds to find a place in special trains and buses to reach their families amid coronavirus pandemic, there are many others in Maharashtra who are forced to stay back to complete construction projects.

The Maharashtra government has authorised construction of special coronavirus hospitals or isolation centres in Mumbai to tackle the growing number of coronavirus cases in the state.

One such is coming up in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) of Mumbai where over 50 migrant workers continue to work to build a 1,000-bed hospital.

The total number of novel coronavirus cases in Mumbai has crossed the 10,000-mark.

While Mahasrahtra is looking at a shortage of labour as migrants return home, there are many from Bihar, UP and West Bengal who have stayed back in Mumbai to complete the construction of new coronavirus hospitals and other ongoing work in the city.

“We also want to go back to our families. We have not earned a single penny in the last two months and our meagre savings have been exhausted. Our families need us too. But building this hospital is more important right now, so we will first complete work and then try to make it to our homes,” a worker from Bihar told India Today.

Another worker, whose form to go back home was rejected by the state authorities, told India Today, “My form was rejected twice, I have an ailing mother back home in Darbhanga. Now after work here is over, I will request the government if they can accept my form so that I can be with my family too.”

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