New Delhi, June 1 -- With a large number of migrant workers returning to their hometowns amid the ongoing nationwide lockdown, a massive workforce shortage has hit the operations in industrial, transport and other sectors, which reopened after an almost two-month hiatus, according to various trade associations.

Traders' bodies estimate that nearly 60-70% of the labour force employed in Delhi left the city during the lockdown imposed to halt the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

The Delhi government is likely to conduct a study on how many migrants have left the Capital and the impact of their exodus on different sectors. The workers who have returned to their hometowns are from both skilled and unskilled sectors and include th...