‘THIS PLACE SEEMS LIKE A FOREIGN LAND’
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.
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