Migrant Worker Cycles 1700 Km From Maharashtra To Odisha

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Migrant Worker Cycles 1700 Km From Maharashtra To
20-year-old Mahesh Jena has succeeded in cycling for a distance of 1,700 km from Maharashtra’s Sangli to Odisha’s Jajpur. After completing the duration of the quarantine, Mahesh has now reached his home. 

He was employed at a company in Sangli for Rs 8,000 per month but after the lockdown, he was not paid his salary and was left dealing with a food crisis.

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That’s when he decided to go to this home in Jajpur. 

Mahesh says, “I borrowed Rs 3,000 from a friend and started out from Sangli on April 1. During the journey, there were several days when I did not find anything to eat and on some days, I sated my hunger by eating food at roadside ‘dhabas’ (restaurants). My cycle got punctured in Hyderabad and despite facing many such difficulties, I finally succeeded in reaching Jajpur on April 7.”

After arriving in Jajpur, Mahesh surrendered before the district administration; he was then taken to the quarantine centre. He has now been released after completing the duration of the quarantine.

Mahesh remembers his 1,700-km-long journey and says, “At night, I had to find a safe place, such as a temple, to sleep in. Police personnel used to stop me at the borders of states but they would let me pass when I told them that I am coming from Maharashtra.”

Mahesh cycled continuously for 14-15 hours daily and covered the distance of 1,700 km in seven days. Each day, he covered a distance of 200-250 km on his cycle.

Like Mahesh, thousands of labourers have started out for their homes located hundreds of kilometres away after the lockdown was imposed.

Among them, while a majority have managed to reach their homes, there are some who have passed away while still en route. 

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