On Wednesday, the Shahenshah of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan took an initiative to bring back 700 migrants to their homes in Uttar Pradesh. They are currently stranded in Mumbai and Maharashtra due to the coronavirus lockdown. Mr Bachchan arranged four special flights that will do the job.
Sources close to Big B said, two more flights with migrant workers will take off on Thursday. Mr. Bachan at first wanted to hire a train but the logistics did not work out. Rajesh Yadav, the managing director of his home production company AB Corp Ltd, made all the arrangements.
On Wednesday, the flights took off from Mumbai for Allahabad, Varanasi and Gorakhpur in UP with 180 passengers each, said the sources. Apart from that, 10 buses were also arranged for 300 migrants by Mr. Bachan to reach their hometown in Lucknow, Allahabad, Bhadohi and other places in Uttar Pradesh.
Dargahs in Mahim and the Haji Ali were also associated with the arrangements. Ghulam Hassan, who runs a tailoring shop in Mumbai’s Hazi Ali area thanked Amitabh Bachchan for helping him reach his home.
“I had never travelled in a plane before this, but Bachchan sahib made it possible for me, that too at a time when I was badly stuck in Mumbai amid the lockdown. I’m returning home after eight months,” Mr Hasan, who runs a tailoring shop in Mumbai’s Hazi Ali area, said.
“I contacted Haji Ali Dargah and filled up a travel form on being told by a friend about Bachchan saheb making arrangements for flights for UP natives desirous to return home. And we got flight tickets soon. It was unbelievable,” Azamgarh native Mukesh Madhesia said.
The nationwide lockdown that started on March 25, left lakhs of migrants stranded in different places of the country. Most of them had no money and they were captured walking miles after miles to reach their hometown. Before Big B, another Bollywood actor Sonu Sood arranged a special flight to send 180 Assamese migrants home, earlier this week.