Migrants stay back in Mumbai to build coronavirus isolation centres

Migrants stay back in Mumbai to build coronavirus isolation centres

Even as thousands of migrant labourers fight odds to find a place in special trains and buses to reach their families amid coronavirus pandemic, there are many others in Maharashtra who are forced to stay back to complete construction projects.

The Maharashtra government has authorised construction of special coronavirus hospitals or isolation centres in Mumbai to tackle the growing number of coronavirus cases in the state.

One such is coming up in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) of Mumbai where over 50 migrant workers continue to work to build a 1,000-bed hospital.

The total number of novel coronavirus cases in Mumbai has crossed the 10,000-mark.

While Mahasrahtra is looking at a shortage of labour as migrants return home, there are many from Bihar, UP and West Bengal who have stayed back in Mumbai to complete the construction of new coronavirus hospitals and other ongoing work in the city.

“We also want to go back to our families. We have not earned a single penny in the last two months and our meagre savings have been exhausted. Our families need us too. But building this hospital is more important right now, so we will first complete work and then try to make it to our homes,” a worker from Bihar told

Another worker, whose form to go back home was rejected by the state authorities, told “My form was rejected twice, I have an ailing mother back home in Darbhanga. Now after work here is over, I will request the government if they can accept my form so that I can be with my family too."