Covid prompted people to think about reverse migration to smaller places

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Covid prompted people to think about reverse migration to smaller places

The big cities like Delhi and Mumbai are again among the worst-hit cities

Covid prompted people to think about reverse migration to smaller places

The pandemic has been here for long now. It has changed so many things for us including changes in the lifestyle. People are stuck at home as the situation has deteriorated yet again. The bigger cities, where there is a dense population, are hit the most. People are now confined to their homes and they are mostly working from home.

The big cities like Delhi and Mumbai are again among the worst hit cities. Of late, these factors have caused a reverse migration from big cities to small cities. The professionals, who just require an internet connection to work, are thinking reverse migration as a viable option. As per them, there are many benefits of it. One of them is that they are away from the complete chaos of the big cities.

CitySpidey talked to Sunil Gajakosh, who is an IT professional and runs a consultancy company 'UI 10 Technologies' and work for few US and German clients, he shared, “Last year, the pandemic had hit all of us suddenly and we all were stuck at our homes. Then we started doing work from home. We all are aware of the city crowd and I was worried that we are not safe at home because we don't know when and how the virus will come into the house as well.”

“I don't know why I thought that the cities are not safe anymore and being an IT professional I have an advantage of doing work from anywhere but the only condition is good internet,” he said.

Gajakosh continued, “I wanted to invest and buy a farmhouse in a village or small town and try to grow my own food and vegetables. I wanted to migrate and go out of Mumbai because these big cities have high virus cases and the government is also disabled these days. So to protect my family, I wanted to move to such a place where we have food control and isolate ourselves but still enjoy our lives.”

“And now the covid has also entered in the small town and villages as well. Initially, I wanted to enjoy the conditions of a small city. I was willing to pay pocket-friendly rent and avail good internet. Last year, I was thinking to buy a farmhouse and also consulted few landlords or property dealers but the pandemic hit us again,” he added.

A former video editor in NDTV News, Faiyaz Hussain, who lives near Alibaug, shared his opinion and said, “It is a good move and one of my friend also came back to his village last year. Not only labours migrate from one place to another, my friends also left their jobs and settled at their villages. People are afraid of coronavirus and they want peace with relaxed life.”

“Big cities have a huge crowd and the infection rate also increasing due to this. However, people who live in the village also got infected but the ratio is very less as compared to the bigger cities,” he added.