The Railway Ministry said on Saturday that 200 more Mail-Express trains will be operated from June 1 to increase economic activity in the country. Apart from this, the Railway Ministry also said that the complaint was received that the laborers are not able to book tickets, so it has been decided to open the ticket counter.
Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav said that 85 percent of the cost of running special trains is being borne by the Central Government and 15 percent by State Governments. The trains being run for the migrant workers are being run with the coordination of the state government. If required, trains will be scheduled even after 10 days. The Indian Railways and the state governments together have made a schedule for the next 10 days and 2600 trains will be run. 36 lakh passengers will be able to travel in it.
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The Chairman of the Railway Board said that uninterrupted freight operations by the Ministry of Railways ensured the distribution of 9.7 million tonnes of food grains between April 1 and May 22. Apart from this, 5000 coaches have been prepared for Railway Covid Care Center. It has about 80 thousand beds. Currently 50 percent of these coaches are being used in labor specials.
Railways have played an important role in evacuating stranded migrant laborers due to Corona lockdown. Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav said during the press conference on Saturday that more than 2600 labor trains were run in different states and more than 26 lakh passengers were transported to their homes. He said that 80 percent of the trains ran for UP and Bihar.
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Vinod Yadav said that since May 20, 4 lakh people have traveled so far. He further said that on May 1, Shramik Special trains were started. Free food and drinking water are being provided to all the passengers. Sanitation protocols are being followed in trains and stations and social distancing rules are also being followed.