Kushinagar/Sant Kabir Nagar: The Centre has allowed movement of migrants from one state to another through trains and buses in the extended nationwide lockdown to fight the coronavirus pandemic. But many, tired of waiting for a seat on these modes of transport, continue to walk miles from Maharashtra, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, among other states, to their villages in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
In what can be considered an unprecedented reverse migration, especially in the North Indian states, migrants continue to travel in groups hoping to reach their villages. At the border, the administration did carry out their screening, and only after assessing their risk factor, allowed them to pass.
ThePrint met many such migrants walking on the highway leading to Patna, Kushinagar, Sant Kabir Nagar and Basti.
Some of them had undertaken a journey of more than 10 days, which included hitching rides on trucks. Many told ThePrint they were travelling with as little as biscuits and some water to last them the journey, while a few lucky ones had chivda (flattened rice).