Closure: Bombay HC asks Center, Maharashtra, about details of special trains for migrants

NAGPUR: The Bombay High Court on Friday ordered the Center and the government to provide details of special trains running across the country carrying migrants and others stranded in the coronavirus-induced and how long these services would be operated. Judge AR Borkar of HC's Nagpur Bank also ordered the Union and state governments to clarify their positions on who will pay the ticket for people traveling on these special trains.

The court was listening to a petition taken suo motu (alone) about the plight of migrants, daily wage workers and other stranded people traveling on foot to their native states.

Lawyer Deven Chauhan, who was appointed by the court to assist him, told him on Friday that the special trains running on the railways were only until May 17.

The court then ordered the railways to file an affidavit presenting details of special trains running from various parts of the country.

The affidavit will also indicate the date until which special trains will transport migrants and other stranded people to their native states, Judge Borkar said.

The court was later informed that on May 8, while listening to another petition, the main bank of the Bombay High Court had stated in its order that the Union and state governments should share the ticket fee.

The government defender told the court that the state government has released Rs 57 crore for this expense.

The court then ordered the Union and Maharashtra governments to declare this in their affidavit and published the matter for a further hearing on May 19.

The court also ordered the government and all district collectors, district and civic council authorities, and police commissioners across the state to say whether they had complied with HC's May 12 order that special teams be formed to inspect and monitor highways, as well as organize travel and others to state borders.