Maligaon: More than 514 Shramik Special trains have already reached Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) areas, including Bihar, West Bengal and different parts of the Northeast.
Over 86 Shramik special trains arrived in various parts of the Northeast states with nearly 1,29,000 stranded people from states, including Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Assam under NFR, chief public relations officer Subhanan Chanda said.
In NFR areas under Katihar division of Bihar, about 337 Shramik Special trains arrived at stations like Katihar, Purnea, Arraria, Kishanganj. More than 90 Shramik Special trains also reached various stations in West Bengal under NFR areas like New Alipurduar, New Cooch Behar, New Jalpaiguri, Aluabari with stranded people of states like West Bengal and Sikkim.
Indian Railways has run more than 4,347 Shramik Special trains, carrying over 60 lakh passengers. Nearly 60 per cent of trains originated from Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Punjab and mainly moved towards various districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Most of the destinations in Uttar Pradesh are around Lucknow – Gorakhpur sector and in Bihar around Patna, Katihar.
These Shramik special trains mainly came from areas like Kozhikode (Calicut), Kota, Jaipur, Nandurbar, Hisar, Surat, Sirhind Jn, Vadodara, Udaipur, Bharuch, Ghatkesar, Ludhiana, Ambala, Aligarh, Rohtak, Kalyan, Bibinagar Jn, Bhiwani, Jalandhar, Meerut, Dehradun, Rampur, Habibganj, Rayanapadu (Vijaywada), Karaikal, Bengaluru, Karamnasa, Mangalore, Central, Moradabad, Namburu, Pettaivaytalai and various stations in Mumbai, Chennai, etc.
All the passengers arriving by the Shramik special trains were received by respective civil administration of the states at Railway station after following all necessary Covid-19 protocols. All passengers were guided by RPF & GRP personal in queues after de-boarding from the train maintaining social distancing. Necessary COVID – 19 protocols were maintained and entry of unauthorized persons was prevented, the NFR CPRO said.
Moreover, 27 Shramik Special trains have also originated from various states under the jurisdiction of NF Railway with stranded people from these states to their native places to states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.
Indian Railways has also assured that it will provide additional Shramik Special trains for any requirement given in future also. It will also meet any additional demand that may arise over and above the projections given, at a short notice. Chairman, Railway Board has already written letters to the states on the subject and emphasised that “Indian Railways will provide the desired number of Shramik Special trains immediately within 24 hours of the request”.
In addition to Shramik specials, Railways are running 15 pairs of special Rajdhani type trains connecting New Delhi and 200 more timetabled special trains connecting various other cities of the country to move people who need to travel for essential reasons.