Helping migrants at CST helps Anup Valmiki stay away from hockey

NEW DELHI: Central Railway employees living near Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) received messages to report their duty last week when special trains were announced to transport migrant workers stranded in the city to their respective home states in all the country. coronavirus emergency shutdown.

One of these employees was a hockey player. Anup Valmiki who has been working since May 9.

Today was my fourth day, Valmiki, who works as a ticket collector, told IANS on Wednesday. I worked for three days in a row and yesterday I had a break.

The 25-year-old stays in Churchgate and it takes him about 10 minutes to get to the station on his motorcycle.

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Now we have turns, but before that, it was really hectic. There was a time when I worked from 9 in the morning until midnight. The schedule was based entirely on the train schedule and the people entering. he said. But now, I work eight to nine hours and then someone else takes over.

It is difficult, but it is good because there are thousands of migrants who want to return home. You see them and you know how desperate they are. The government could be providing everything but they obviously feel safer at home. I mean, those who stay in the slums don't even have their own toilets, they're using one that thousands of others could have used.

Shift implementation has only made things relatively easy for Valmiki and other Railways employees. However, the humidity and heat of Mumbai is one that does not allow too many layers of clothing, but in this case, officials must wear masks and gloves while climbing platforms up and down to stay safe.

We are completely wet to be honest all day, from top to bottom, he said. We also have to wear the face shield and around half an hour or an hour of wear, my head starts to hurt. We are wearing gloves and a mask and cannot drink water over and over again. Every time we drink water, you have to disinfect your hands because you don't know how many people touched that bottle of water.

In a way, however, Valmiki, who last played for India in 2016, said the experience is good for him as it keeps his mind off the uncertainty surrounding his sports career. He does his basic training whenever he has time at home, something he doesn't say he can't live without. However, more than anything, work gives you satisfaction.

After you've finally finished and the train leaves, you hear people cheering us on, for Maharashtra Police and to indian railways . They sing 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'.

We can see their happy faces and you feel great. Everyone is smiling at the end. They would be thanking us. These people are the backbone of our societies. They are what make our society. I myself know what poverty is and what despair it brings, so you do what you can to help, he said with a feeling of satisfaction.