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2,600 Special Trains To Be Operated By Railways To Ferry 36 Lakh Migrants Home
The Railways has drawn up a schedule to operate 2,600 Shramik Special trains over the next 10 days across the country to ferry around 36 lakh migrant workers, stranded due to the COVID-19 lockdown, to their home states.
2,600 Special Trains To Be Operated By Railways To Ferry 36 Lakh Migrants Home (file image)
NEW DELHI: Chairman of the Railway Board V K Yadav said on Saturday that the Railways has came up with the schedule to operate 2,600 Shramik Special trains over the next 10 days across the country get 36 lakh migrant workers, stranded due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
In the last 23 days, the railways has run 2,600 Shramik Special trains, carrying around 36 lakh stranded migrants, he said, adding 1,000 ticket counters have been opened across India and more will be opened soon.
Mr Yadav said, "We have operated 260 Shramik Special trains every day on an average for the last four days, carrying three lakh passengers daily."
The Railway Board chairman said the railways was charging pre-lockdown normal fares only. He reiterated that 85 per cent of the expense of Shramik Special trains is being borne by the Centre and the states are only paying 15 pc in the form of fares.
Mr Yadav, responded to a letter sent by the West Bengal government seeking stalling of all migrant trains to the state till May 26 due to Cyclone Amphan, said it was due to a natural calamity and things will be back to normal soon.
"The West Bengal chief secretary wrote to me that restoration work is underway and they'll tell us soon when they will be able to receive the trains. As soon as they give us clearance, we'll run trains to West Bengal," he said.
Mr Yadav, responded to a question on why certain trains were being diverted to longer routes and said since most of the migrant special trains were terminating in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the railways has decided to take decongested albeit longer routes to operate these trains.
"This method is employed even during normal times to avoid congested routes," he said. The Railways will run 100 pairs of special trains from June 1.