Coronavirus lockdown: ‘Depressed’ Maharashtra students stuck in Kota get desperate to return

Sushant Ranjan
Tuesday, 28 April 2020

“I am worried that no one is there to take care of my child. The government had announced to send buses to Kota and return to all children. She is not getting a proper meal. She is in a hostel with only two-three other students. As a father, I look up at the government to help us,” Thorat told Sakal Times.

Pune: Around 2,000 students from different districts of Maharashtra are stranded for a month in Kota at Rajasthan due to the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. The students are depressed and not getting proper food to eat. They are spending time with books in a room of a private hostel. The students are from Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Amravati, Buldhana, Solapur, Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara and other cities.

Laxman Thorat, a resident of Karmala taluka of Solapur, called his daughter Aditi every now and then. She is in Kota and preparing for medical examination. The only reason for worrying is that she feels alone in a hostel and all her friends have already left for their home, who were mostly from Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

“I am worried that no one is there to take care of my child. The government had announced to send buses to Kota and return to all children. She is not getting a proper meal. She is in a hostel with only two-three other students. As a father, I look up at the government to help us,” Thorat told Sakal Times.
 
While talking to Sakal Times, Aditi said, “All students have gone to their hometown. Students from Maharashtra, Odisha and Bihar are waiting to return to their home. The hostel owners are asking for rent for the next month. There is no study; we are spending our time in our room.”

Kota, about 943.6 km away from Pune and 250 km from state capital Jaipur, has hundreds of coaching institutes that provide tuition to over 20,00,000 students from across the country. These students stay at private guesthouses and hostels, who have travelled here to learn how to crack the entrance exams to the IITs, Medical colleges and other top institutes.

Om Borate, from Rajguru Nagar of Pune, got admission in a coaching centre to crack IIT. He has almost spent a year; now, he wants to return home.

He said, “Staying here is making me feel depressed. No one is here to talk to us. Only a few students are left in the hostel. We all are living in our room. We are spending time on books, solving problems, but for how long. I can’t afford to hire a private vehicle to drop me to Pune. I got to know that the Maharashtra government has sent buses for us, this is good news.”

These students were feeling alone when the Uttar Pradesh government got back all its students, and they were looking to the Maharashtra government to rescue them.

However, the state government has sent 100 buses from Dhule to Kota. On Sunday, the government had decided to get back all students stranded in Kota and approved to send 100 buses. The government also requested the Rajasthan government to help these students to return back. The buses will pass through two states including Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, and a request has been made to allow these buses to cross their border.

Meanwhile, the students had been waiting for almost 45 days to come back to their home. The students are not getting a two-time meal, and even the hostel owners are asking them to pay more if they want meals.

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