Fearing lockdown, migrant families in Hyderabad head back home

Spike in Covid cases, speculations on another lockdown in the State capital force them to return

By   |  Published: 5th Jul 2020  12:26 am

Hyderabad: The spike in the number of Covid-19 cases coupled with speculations on another lockdown in the State capital is prompting several families, mostly of businessmen from Rajasthan, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, to return to their hometowns.

Begum Bazaar, the commercial hub of Hyderabad, is already observing a voluntary lockdown because of the rising number of Covid-19 cases. Ziaguda, Dhoolpet and Mangalhat abutting the Begum Bazaar area are among the worst affected places in the city.

Many families, especially those with elderly persons, who came from Rajasthan and Gujarat and settled in Begum Bazaar and surrounding areas, were returning to their native places, said Jain Agro Spices shop owner, Sajjanraj Jain.

He said the business activity was also not as usual compared to January and February due to the pandemic. Another businessman and owner of Kashmiri House in Begum Bazaar, Raj Kumar said a few shop employees hailing from Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh also were returning to their native places.

“We have taken Covid-19 precautionary measures at our shop in the interest of customers. A glass partition was also fixed at the entrance of the shop to do business without coming in contact with customers,” he said.

Though the lockdown being observed in Begum Bazaar will end on Sunday, traders are quite scared to resume their business owing to the rising number of cases.

“We don’t know the exact situation. However, we will take a call on re-opening the shops for a couple of days from Monday,” said Hyderabad Kirana Merchants Association president, Laxminarayan Rathi.

Those hailing from Andhra Pradesh and working in IT and ITeS sectors along with a few businessmen were also heading to their hometowns after the reports on another possible lockdown in the city.

Most were going to their hometowns in Andhra Pradesh on their own vehicles due to non-availability of public transport facilities. This has increased the rush at the toll plazas on the Hyderabad-Vijayawada National Highway for the last few days.

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