Around 6,000 migrant workers will return to Bihar on special trains from Greater Noida on May 16

NOIDA: About 6,000 stranded migrant workers from Bihar are scheduled to return to their home state on four special trains since Saturday amid the shutdown, authorities said on Friday. Officials at Gautam Buddh Nagar, adjacent to Delhi in western Uttar Pradesh, are also trying to obtain one more train to transport stranded workers to Bihar and are awaiting permission from the railways, they said.

Thousands of daily workers and employees in Noida and Greater Noida became unemployed when the blockade was imposed to break the chain of transmission.

There are four special trains that will depart with registered Bihar migrant workers on May 16. There will be around 1,500 passengers on each train, so approximately 6,000 people will return, said Narendra Bhooshan, the Covid-19 nodal officer. answer in Gautam Buddh Nagar said.

We are also trying to get one more train so that more migrant workers can go home. Any decision in this regard will depend on the permit, Bhooshan said.

According to district administration, two of the trains would depart from Dadri train station at (11am) and Sasaram (3pm), while the other two would depart from Dankaur train station at Buxar (12pm) and Siwan ( 4 pm)

The announcement about the special trains was made late Thursday night after a high-level meeting attended by District Magistrate Suhas L Y, Police Commissioner Alok Singh, Bhooshan and officials (GRP).

The decision complies with a UP government directive, the district magistrate said in a statement released Thursday night.

However, the transport service will be allowed only for those Bihar migrants who have registered on the Jansunwai portal:, he said.

Registrants will receive detailed notification of the trip on their phone via SMS and the SMS will be valid as the ticket for the trip, he added.

Migrant workers who wish to return home and have not registered are encouraged to register immediately through the UP government's Jansunwai portal, the administration said.