A senior IAS officer from Madhya Pradesh on Friday blamed the Maharashtra authorities for a chaotic state of affairs and disaster on the MP border, a cost refuted by Maharashtra authorities officers.
Bijasan on the MP-Maharashtra border in Barwani district, 313 kilometres south west of Bhopal, has seen a great variety of labourers from Maharashtra heading to numerous components of MP, UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and so forth being dropped on the border by Maharashtra authorities’s state transport buses since Monday, officers stated.
This has led to a surge within the crowd of labourers and their relations coming in vans, mini vans, vehicles, taxis, auto-rickshaws, bikes and so forth and even strolling and driving bicycles since lockdown restrictions had been put in place from March 23, to cowl tons of of kilometres, based on officers.
Whereas the MP authorities organized to ship MP labourers to their locations in buses from the border for fairly a while, it added 100 extra buses to the fleet to drop different states’ labourers on the UP border since Tuesday albeit with change of buses twice en route. However the variety of buses supplied by the MP authorities thus far has been hardly in a position to accommodate the labourers with their quantity swelling resulting in frayed tempers on the border on Thursday and stone pelting by a bit of labourers on authorities personnel. Nevertheless, none had been injured, officers stated.
Responding to journalists’ questions on his go to to Bijasan on Friday, Commissioner of Indore division Akash Tripathi stated, “It’s not our responsibility. Maharashtra should not do this. Also, they are dropping ‘wrong people at wrong places. People from eastern MP districts like Rewa, Satna etc are also being dropped here. Even eastern UP’s people are being dropped here on the western side. They should be dropped at a further point or they should be sent by trains. What is happening is wrong. But our chief minister has taken this stand on a humanitarian ground that since they are walking long distances we should use our buses to send them up to the UP border.”
He stated, “We have now increased the number of buses from 100 to 200 given the crowd of other states’ people and made available buses in the morning to avoid any chaotic situation. We are making all out efforts to see to it that the migrant labourers from other states don’t have to walk in such scorching heat but we have our own limitations of resources. If they have to send labourers to borders they should limit the number.”
In reply to a query on social distancing norms thrown into disarray, the senior IAS officer stated, “We are trying our best to see that they travel on seats in buses and are wearing masks but crowd management is a big issue here. In such a situation complete compliance of the norm is difficult. Besides, we see a huge crowd in trucks coming from Maharashtra and hardly any social distancing norms followed.”
As per officers, after lockdown 2.0, the variety of such labourers has gone up from 20,000 to 25,000 per day from a number of hundreds at first.
For the previous about 12 days the district administration has allowed the opposite states’ labourers to enter the state with out going through any hassles not like earlier when the border was opened after intervals and it witnessed frequent confrontations between two sides.
Three cops had been injured in a stone pelting incident on Could 3. Until the bus service was began for different states’ labourers by MP authorities since Tuesday these strolling or driving bicycles was accommodated in vans and different autos on the insistence of police personnel however a lot of staff continued to stroll after discovering no house in vans and different autos, stated officers.
Nimad area in Madhya Pradesh comprising of Khandwa, Khargone, Burhanpur and Barwani districts witnesses greater temperatures than different components of the state in summers. The closest district in UP is Lalitpur district from Bijasan, about 600 kilometres away, whereas Jhansi which labourers primarily favor to go to is about 650 kilometres away.
Nitin Kareer, further chief secretary, income division, Maharashtra authorities who’s accountable for the operation associated to staff stated, “We’re not leaving anybody on the border. We’re able to ship them by practice and likewise sending a few of them by buses, solely within the instances the place we get permission from the Madhya Pradesh authorities. Some instances might have occurred, I’m not denying that however in any other case we’re in contact and haven’t heard something like this from them (Madhya Pradesh authorities).
(With inputs from HT Maharashtra bureau).