The government of Uttar Pradesh has arranged 1,000 buses to ferry migrant laborers who are stranded on the border districts owing to a countrywide lockdown, an official spokesman said Saturday.
Transport Department officials, bus drivers, and drivers were contacted on Friday night to help, among other places, the people who had been stranded in Noida, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahar, and Aligarh.
“Till late at night, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was busy issuing orders to arrange buses for that reason,” the spokesman said, adding that the chief minister also instructed officials to arrange food and water for those people and their families.
Senior police officers reached Charbagh bus station in Lucknow on Saturday morning to ensure food and water were provided for those arriving there.
Later the buses left for Kanpur, Ballia, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Azamgarh, Faizabad, Basti, Pratapgarh, Sultanpur, Amethi, Rae Bareli, Gonda, Etawah, Bahraich, and Shravasti.
State DGP Hitesh Chandra Awasthi and Lucknow Police Commissioner Sujit Kumar Pande came to the bus station personally to track the arrangements, the spokesman added.
The 21-day lockdown enforced on Tuesday midnight in a bid to avoid the spread of coronavirus has caused a mass migration of migrant workers to their villages from towns in several states.