With the flow of tourists and visitors to the private planned city in the hills — Lavasa — stalled by the
April was the last month that 35-year-Chandramohan Singha, who works with the water sports department, drew a salary. Since then, he has been banking on money from home to get by. However, the floods that recently inundated his home state — Assam — have disrupted even that flow of funds. Now, he is just desperate to get back home.
Singha is among the 50-60 employees of the Lavasa Corporation, hailing from Assam, West Bengal and other eastern states, who find themselves cornered by the loss of income. All they can do for the moment is aspire to get back home. But neither is the subsidiary of Hindustan Construction Company Ltd paying them, nor is it facilitating their travel to return, the disgruntled employees pointed out.
Singha’s colleague in the same department and from his home state also spoke to Mirror on condition of anonymity. “I had to borrow money from my colleague and have been buying groceries on credit. How long can we sustain this?” he wondered.
Those from West Bengal are raring to get on that homeward journey. “The company has provided us accommodation, but for all other expenses, we have to fend for on our own, without any salary for the past three months. If we get back home, we can at least survive with our family. But for this, we’ve got zero support from the company,” pointed out Anupam Chakraborty, a 34-year-old
Similarly, another member of the same department, 25-year-old Pinky Pradhan, who hails from Purba Medinipur district of West Bengal, is particularly challenged by the situation. “I am six months pregnant. It is becoming difficult to take care of myself at Lavasa, without any money. If I go back, my relatives can look after me,” she pointed out.
Learning of their plight, the sub-divisional officer of Maval/Mulshi tehsils, Sandesh Shirke, told Mirror, “We are ready to help these stranded workers go back to their native places. I will ask my office to collect their details and accordingly, we will arrange their travel.”
Meanwhile, a mail sent out to Lavasa Corporation by Mirror in this regard remained unanswered till the time of going to press on Tuesday.
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