26 JUL,2020 | MEDC
Millions of migrants left cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore to their ancestral homes as the lockdown began and economic opportunities dried up. However, in recent weeks some of the workers who had left are returning. Some cities that felt they had passed through the worst of the pandemic may find that infections spike again as workers return. Cities need to boost their internal healthcare infrastructure before they can risk allowing a mass movement of people. With the population density in most Indian metros being what it is, it is not always practical to enforce social distancing. Millions of migrants returning to cities is likely to compound the issue. A better way out is to expand employment and economic opportunities in rural areas, so that the incentive to return to cities whose domestic infrastructure is already at breaking point, is reduced. Indian cities need to be restored to normalcy, and this is probably a good opportunity to make that change.
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