16 more Shramik trains take migrant workers, students, and tourists back home

NEW DELHI: At least 16 special Shramik trains departed from different stations on Sunday, including 10 that were intended to transport stranded migrant workers, students and tourists. Sources said nearly three dozen of these trains have been pressured into service since special train operations began on Friday, and India n Railways is set to operate more than 300 of those trains to meet demand.

According to details obtained from different areas, two trains each from Kota in Rajasthan to Barauni in Bihar and Bengaluru to Danapur (Bihar) started on Sunday. Five other trains from different stations in Barauni, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Saharsa, Katihar and Darbhanga were also discarded. Three trains carrying almost 3,600 Odia migrants departed from Surat to Jagannathpur in the Ganjam district and another train from the Chikbanavara station in Bangalore began its journey to Khurdha Road, near Bhubaneswar. A train from Nagpur to Lucknow also started with almost 1,200 passengers during the day.

While the exact details of the trains scheduled for Monday are not known, TOI learned that one train from Alappuzha in Kerala to Katihar and two trains set to start. Five other Shramik special trains will run from Surat on Monday: three to Odisha and one to Dhanbad and Patna in Bihar.

In a tweet on Sunday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: As part of our promise to bring back Bengali citizens stranded in other states, two special trains from Ajmer and Kerala would leave tomorrow for West Bengal with more than 2,500 migrants. workers, students and patients. All of which will be examined according to protocols.

According to the protocol of the Ministry of Railways, the state of origin will indicate the exact number of passengers traveling on a train and must be around 1,200 or at least 90% of the train's capacity. The detailed protocol also specifies how state authorities will take identified passengers to the station of origin and provide food, masks, and disinfectants to passengers boarding trains.