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 an average of 260 ‘Shramik Special Trains’ were run daily in the last four days and three lakh passengers were transported daily to the destination. He said that till now more than 2600 labor trains were run in different states and more than 26 lakh passengers have been transported to their homes. 80 percent of these trains are for UP and Bihar.
Vinod Yadav 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. He said that 17 hospitals of the railway have been converted into Kovid-19 patient care hospital. Since May 1, 2,600 laborers special trains have completed their journey and transported over 3.5 million passengers to their destination.
2600 trains to run in next 10 days
The Chairman of the Railway Board said that schedules of 2,600 trains have been fixed in the next 10 days. Of these, 36 lakh migrants will travel by special labor trains. Railways have asked the states to state their needs. He said that in order to restore normalcy, 200 Mail Express trains will be run by the Ministry of Railways from June 1. Vinod Yadav said, “We converted 5,000 coaches as Kavid-19 care centers, which had 80,000 beds. About 50 percent of these coaches have been used for labor special trains. If needed, then Se Kovid-19 can be used for care. “
Home Ministry said, many steps taken for migrant laborers
Home Ministry spokeswoman Punya Salila Srivastava said that several steps have been taken by the government for migrant laborers. States have been instructed to make arrangements. 24-hour helpline and noodle officers have been appointed. States have been asked to provide information to migrant laborers. Along with this, all the necessary things are being arranged and the states have been instructed to make arrangements. Currently, there are more than 200 trains running daily.
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Workers’ special trains are being run by the Railways to evacuate the migrant laborers already trapped due to the corona lockdown across the country and 15 pairs of special passenger trains are running from Delhi to 15 different places. However, the Railway Ministry has also announced that they are going to start about 200 trains from June 1, the booking of which has been started from May 21.
Many announcements made by railway
Earlier, the railway gave the facility of booking ticket counters in addition to the IRCTC website. Earlier, booking facility was provided only through IRCTC website. Ticket booking of these trains can now be done from computerized PRS centers, post offices, passenger ticket facility centers as well as IRCTC recognized agents and general service centers. Indian Railways has said, the period for reservation of advance seats in these trains has been increased from seven days to 30 days.
A ticket reservation counter has been opened at select stations from 22 May. These booking counters and CSC were closed since the lockdown came into force on 25 March. After the announcement by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, booking of train tickets started at about 1.7 lakh CSC centers across the country from Friday.
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