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Railways to run 300 Shramik Special trains everyday : Piyush Goyal

Updated: May 11, 2020 10:20 am
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal has appealed to all the States to give permission to evacuate the stranded migrants so that they can be sent back to their homes in the next 3 to 4 days.

In a tweet, Mr Goyal said that after Prime Minister’s intervention in the matter, Railways is fully geared up to run 300 Shramik Special trains everyday in the country. Indian Railway has operated over three hundred fifty Shramik Special trains across the country ferrying more than three lakh fifty thousand stranded workers across the country, till date.

These trains brought back migrant workers to various states including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand,  Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal.

They are not plying the normal passenger train services but are certainly bringing smile to the faces of lakhs of families by ferrying stranded migrant workers back to their home towns. Amidst the lockdown, the trains have ferried people to cities like Prayagraj, Chhapra, Balia, Gaya, Purnia, Varanasi, Lucknow and many more. A maximum of around 1200 passengers are allowed to travel in one such shramik special train observing strict social distancing norms. Proper screening of passengers is ensured before boarding the train.

Railways is also providing the passengers free meals and water during the journey. Railway Nodal officers in various states are coordinating with State Government representatives constantly as their concurrence is necessary for movement of such passenger trains.

The efforts are ongoing and stranded people who wish to travel have been requested to register themselves with the state governments and not to travel on their own by walking or in trucks.

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