Businessmen in Surat are trying to get workers back from Odisha by requesting Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to further urge the Centre to run special trains for workers.
A couple of days back, a bus with labourers, met with an accident while returning from Odisha following which eight workers lost their lives. Hence, businessmen here are trying to get in touch with the Central government for the trains from Odisha to Surat.
Mayur Golwala, Secretary, Sachin Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC), said, around six lakh people work in the industry in Surat. Out of these around 50 per cent workers are from Odisha."
If the train service from Odisha starts, laborers in large numbers will be able to come back. The state government should also urge the Centre to resume train services. The industry which is running on 20 per cent to 30 per cent operations will reach 60 per cent to 70 per cent of if they return and boost the work of the industry.