New Delhi: A total of 1,074 ‘Shramik Special’ trains have been made operational from various states across the country as of the midnight of May 15, 2020. Started in May 1, these special trains have been bringing more than 14 lakh stranded people back to their home states in the last 15 days, the Union ministry of railways said in a statement on Saturday.
Due to the lockdown, many people were stranded outside their home states. Till Friday, more than 1,000 approvals were received from states over the last 15 days to ship migrants back home, said the Railways, with the most number coming from Uttar Pradesh, followed by Bihar.
These 1,074 Shramik Special trains have originated from various states like Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Bihar.
The special trains were terminated in various states like Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Mizoram, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal.
In the last three days, more than two lakh persons were being transported per day. In days to come, it is expected to be scaled up to three lakh passengers per day, the ministry of railways said in the press statement.
The trains which were being run by the railways under the mission ‘Back Home’ were operated only after concurrence was given by both receiving and originating states.
The move came after the Union ministry of home affairs order regarding the movement of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places by special trains.
Along with free meals and water, the passengers boarding the train are screened for any traces of COVID-19 symptoms.