general secretary in-charge of UP Priyanka Gandhi
Vadra had sought permission to ply 1,000 buses at the Ghaziabad and Noida borders. Yesterday, the Adityanath government accepted the offer and sought details of the drivers and conductors of these buses, so that they could be deployed for the movement of labourers.
provided the list of the drivers, the state, in a rejoinder, sought the fitness certificates of each of the buses, driving licenses of drivers and details of the conductors as well.
In her earlier letter, Vadra noted that tens of thousands of migrants were coming back following lockdown, yet despite the tall claims of the UP government, they were on foot as there were no arrangements to ferry them to their native places.
Talking to a news channel, Adityanath also slammed Congress for allegedly playing politics on the migrant issue even during the Covid-19 crisis. The UP government has also alleged that the influx of migrants from Congress-ruled states like Rajasthan and Punjab was happening without proper arrangement and screening.
“The CM has directed for 100 per cent utilisation of the roadways buses apart from the private fleet at the local level,” UP additional chief secretary Awanish Kumar Awasthi said here this evening adding there was no paucity of buses for workers.
The state has even requested Indian Railways to operate short-distance trains within UP to ferry workers from one place to another,’ he informed. The state is planning to facilitate the operation of intrastate trains from Agra, Ghaziabad, Jhansi, Mathura, Meerut, Saharanpur, Noida, Mahoba etc.
So far, 656 trains carrying nearly 852,000 labourers have returned to UP from states, mainly Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan.
Meanwhile, the state has given permission for plying 258 additional trains in the coming days, including from the North Eastern and Southern states, including Assam, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka.
The state has intensified night patrolling in the expressways and highways to curb the movement of migrants on trucks, on foot or other unauthorised vehicles, such as two/three-wheelers.