Coronavirus Pune: Desperate migrant workers trudge the long way to home

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Migration is not a new thing in our country, but the understanding of the magnitude of dependence on the migrant labourers in the development process is certainly unique for many.

From your domestic help to a daily-wage labourer for construction sites, several individuals from villages are en route big cities in search of jobs. Now, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has created a terrible repercussion on these migrant workers. With no jobs in hand and pockets with a little money, all migrant workers are on their way back to their hometowns.

Migration is not a new thing in our country, but the understanding of the magnitude of dependence on the migrant labourers in the development process is certainly unique for many.

From your domestic help to a daily-wage labourer for construction sites, several individuals from villages are en route big cities in search of jobs. Now, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has created a terrible repercussion on these migrant workers. With no jobs in hand and pockets with a little money, all migrant workers are on their way back to their hometowns.

Pune also boasts thousands of migrant workers. Due to the spread of coronavirus in the city, many shops, construction sites are closed; as a result, workers are left with no choice as to return to their homes.

Pune region remains one of the worst-affected areas due to COVID-19.

Photojournalist: Vaibhav Thombare