Mangaluru: Mangaluru may soon have accommodation facility for migrant workers who come to the city from other districts or states seeking employment. The facility may be set up on a two acre land in Jeppinamogaru.
According to Mangaluru South MLA D Vedavyas Kamath, help has been sought from the Centre and State governments and if approved, the project will begin shortly.
At present, migrant workers opt to reside either in rented houses or the open spaces in Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) limits. Some migrant workers also reside in bus-stands or railway stations. In order to prevent this, government is planning to provide proper accommodation for them.
It can be recalled the migrant workers faced severe challenges during the COVID-19 lockdown. As there was no proper statistics on migrant workers with the district administration, it was very difficult to provide food and shelter during that time. According to this new housing facility plan, houses will be given to the migrant workers on temporary basis and also there is a plan to receive a minimum rent from them. However, the final decision is yet to be taken in this regard. In order to materialise this facility, district administration has given a proposal to both state and central government in order to receive funds.
As per the statistics provided by Dakshina Kannada district administration, over 40,000 migrant workers from North and South India are working as construction workers and daily wagers in the district. Over 15,000 migrant workers hail from different districts of Karnataka only.
*Representational Image sourced from Internet