‘THIS PLACE SEEMS LIKE A FOR­EIGN LAND’

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI -

A large num­ber of droughtaf­fected

have ar­rived in Navi Mum­bai and most of them have ei­ther taken shel­ter in their rel­a­tives’ place or have taken refuge at the rail­way sta­tions, bus de­pots and other such pub­lic places.

For daily sur­vival

they have also taken up odd jobs at con­struc­tion sites, restau­rants, ho­tels and pub­lic venues.

Res­i­dents of over 10 vil­lages

from Beed dis­trict have al­ready come to the city. So­cial work­ers say around 5,000 droughtaf­fected peo­ple have ar­rived in the city so far.

Ac­cord­ing to some of the tillers,

lack of rain and water has hit farm­ing big-time. Some of them have taken hefty loans for till­ing but the cruel weather has turned their farm­land into waste­land.

For work,

the vil­lagers have spread out to Vashi, Nerul, Kharghar, Kalam­boli, Kamothe and Pan­vel. How­ever, it’s not only men who are slog­ging in this heat and dust. The women, too, are work­ing in tan­dem with the men for some ex­tra bucks.

“The drought has de­stroyed us. There is lit­tle to eat in our vil­lage. The ed­u­ca­tion of our chil­dren had to be dis­con­tin­ued,”

MA­HESH DAREKAR, an im­mi­grant from Ashti taluka in Beed

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