22,000 migrants return to Chhattisgarh so far on special Shramik trains

RAIPUR: Up to 22,000 have returned from different states as of Monday, an official said.

The first train as part of the service arrived in the state on May 10.

Since then, 22,000 migrant workers stranded in various parts of the country due to the coronavirus-induced blockade have returned home on 15 of these trains as of Monday, an official with the state's public relations department said.

So far, 2.73,935 people, including 2,51,867 workers, from Chhattisgarh who are trapped in various parts of the country, have registered on the online platform provided by the state government for their return, he said.

So far, the Chhattisgarh government has given its consent to operate 45 special trains after coordinating with the states involved to bring these stranded people back.

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The state government has also paid around Rs 2 crore to the Railways as a travel fee to transport 34,284 people on 23 trains, he said.

In addition to the trains, more than 60,000 migrant workers have returned to Chhattisgarh by other means of transportation and even on foot, he said.