Professionals start leaving Pune, Mumbai for their hometowns | Pune News – Times of India


KOLHAPUR: Rajendra Kadam, a software professional working in Pune, is among the few hundred people who returned home after the state government announced a weekend lockdown and compulsory work-from-home for all private companies.
The national highway passing through the region has been witnessing heavy vehicular traffic since Sunday afternoon. Most of the commuters are working professionals from Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara districts who work in Pune and Mumbai where the number of Covid cases has skyrocketed and restrictions have been imposed.
Kadam, who is from the Bhilawadi town of Sangli district, said: “Within a few hours of the government’s decision, our company sent us e-mails, asking us to initiate work from home from Monday. I had rejoined the office after several months of work from home — necessitated by the first wave of the pandemic — only a few weeks ago. As there will be prohibitory orders in place, it will be hard for us to travel every day back and forth to a big city like Pune. However, the workfrom-home model has its own limitations. For instance, the connectivity in my hometown is not up to the mark. This causes hindrance in official tasks.”
Nashik road resident Madhukar Patil, who works with a private firm, took the first available bus from Pune to get back home on Sunday after his friends told him of the stricter measures that were likely to be announced by the state government.
“Working in the back office of a manufacturing firm, my job is completely online. My office said that since the Covid situation was getting grim, those comfortable with working from home should do so,” said Patil, who lived at Hinjewadi in Pune. He will now have to visit his office in Pune just once a month.
Shravani Kolhe, an architect with a Pune-based firm, has also returned to Satana in Nashik district, her home town. “Staying in Pune was becoming a bit difficult these days. While I would not be roaming around in Satana, it surely feels much safer here. Most of our staff from Kolhapur, Satara and Aurangabad has also left for their hometowns,” she said.

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