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There was a time when people from many places came to Chennai for livelihood. Now they are fleeing out of it for fear of life.

There was a time when people from many places came to Chennai for livelihood. Now they are fleeing out of it for fear of life. This Chennai exodus and its total lockdown from June 19 is the talk of the whole India now. It is also because Chennai is becoming the second most significant hot spot in India after Mumbai.

People find all ways to go out of Chennai by not only road and trains but also by air. All flights which did not even have half capacity are now fully booked, and the number of flights going out of Chennai is increasing every day. Meanwhile, not only other states but also districts within Tamil Nadu have put a lot of restrictions, including e-pass requirement for people coming from Chennai.

Chennai under the COVID 19 siege

Only on Friday, June 12, CM said strict action would be taken on those spreading rumors of lockdown in Chennai. Yesterday June 15, within two intervening days, he has announced the total lockdown of Chennai for 12 days. It starts from June 19 until June 30 without any holidays for even intervening two Sundays. It is also extended to all places within the Greater Chennai police limits.

Also, many places in the neighboring districts of Kancheepuram, Tirivallur, and Chengalpattu. Except for essential, all shops will be closed, and only certain specified offices will function with 33 % capacity. But to help the 13.35 lakh persons having an ID for different persons, the chief minister has ordered to give Rs. 1,000.

People are rushing out of Chennai.

Sharmik trains are charging Rs. 600 for the passengers to go back to their native places. But still, people are filling the trains to move out of Chennai. Even the flights which run half-empty to other locations in Tamil Nadu like Coimbatore, Salem, Tiruchy, and Madurai are now fully booked.

Migrant Workers in Railway Station. Photo SECL

The outbound flights from Chennai are increasing from 20 to 31, and there is a demand for more. Though the flight charge is expensive, it is easy to get a pass for flight passengers who prefer to fly out of Chennai.

Collectors declare stringent action against people coming into their districts

Many states like Karnataka have already announced quarantine for people coming from Chennai. Now our collectors of other districts within in Tamil Nadu have ordered strict actions, including criminal cases for those coming into their district without e-pass. The Tiruvannamalai district collector Kandasamy has said that no one is allowed to enter the district without permission from the district authorities.

Tiruvannamalai District Collector Kandasamy

If someone has entered, they will be taken back to the place where they entered the district along with their vehicles. Also, those who help people entering the district without permission will be booked under criminal cases. Nagapattinam collector Praveen Nayak also has warned against taking criminal action against those who came into district with COVID 19 diseases.

Chennai people should realize the present danger and should be cautious with following all standard operating procedures to not only save lives but a livelihood for all the more than one crore people in Chennai.