The sealing of district borders to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has adversely hit people going for work in neighbouring districts in the western region.
After the exodus of guest workers from north Indian states, the textile firms managed to run with local workers sourced from Tirupur and neighbouring districts. “Our production works will be hit if workers are restricted from coming from other districts,” said a garment manufacturer.
In Tirupur as many as 41 check posts were put up to screen people coming from other districts. It was a similar situation in Erode district, where people who thronged the check post at Karungalpalayam from Namakkal were stopped and sent back early in the morning.
Villagers from Pallipalayam area in Namakkal had come in vehicles to visit shandy and for work, but were sent away by police as they did not have an e-pass.