Pune police to stop migrant workers, PMC converts 15 schools into shelter homes for them

Police Inspector Sangeeta Patil distributing food materials to migrant workers.

Police Inspector Sangeeta Patil distributing food materials to migrant workers.

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Pune, March 29, 2020: To stop the exodus of migrant workers and prevent spread of Coronavirus outbreak, Pune City Police will stop them from moving out of the city.

They will be provided food and shelter at 15 schools runs by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) in different parts of the city. In every ward, one school has been made temporary shelter home. Not more than 10 persons will stay in one room to enforce social distancing.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Law&Order) Ravindra Shisve said that many workers were leaving the city and hence PMC was approached to provide shelter home for them.

PMC Additional Municipal Commissioner (General) Rubal Agarwal said that adequate manpower and resources have been earmarked to look after needs of the people given shelter.

These schools are located in Yerwada, Dhole Patil Road, Nagar Road, Shivajinagar, Aundh, Kothrud, Warje, Sinhgad road, Dhankawadi, Wanawdi, Hadapsar, Kondhwa, Bahvani Peth, Bibvewadi and Kasba Peth.  (ADDRESS GIVEN BELOW)

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed workers to not leave the place where they are, and they will be provide food and shelter.

As per the directions of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Government has committed all support to Migrant Workers during lockdown period, said Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah in New Delhi on March 28 while reviewing the country’s preparedness to contain the spread of COVID-19.

With the intent of Modi Government to provide all possible support to migrant workers, the Union Home Secretary has again written to States requesting them to immediately set up Relief Camps for migrant workers/pilgrims etc who are returning to their domicile states or trying to do so during this lockdown period. States have been advised to give wide publicity and awareness, using public address systems, technology and by utilising the services of volunteers and NGOs, to precise information on:

(i) The location of the relief camps and the facilities being made available,

(ii) Relief package under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana and measures being taken by the State Government Administration.

States have been also advised to set up Relief Camps along the Highways for people moving on highways, including setting up of tented accommodation to ensure that these persons will stay in the relief camps till the lockdown orders are in place. The shelters are to be organised, keeping in view various precautions including social distancing, with adequate Medical check up drives to identify and separate cases requiring quarantine or hospitalisation.

MHA has also authorised all States to use the State Disaster Response Fund for providing such relief measures. These measures would further strengthen them to deal with this issue.

List of PMC schools where shelters are provided


PMC Schools shelter home