Migrant labours are the worst hit in this crisis. Many of them are stranded in other states without work, food, and money. While many states are doing the efforts to ensure their safety and soundness Jharkhand has done a first. With the help of Indian Railways, it is bringing back its migrant workers via train.
A special train from Telangana to Jharkhand left early morning today at 4:30 AM. The 24 coach special train with 1, 200 workers begun its journey from Lingampally in Telangana to Jharkhand’s Hatia district. Social distancing norms are kept in mind while ensuring the safety of passengers. A 72 seat compartment is seating only 54 as per the guidelines.
All the passengers on board were screened for symptoms before being allowed to board the train. As per reports from NDTV second such train is scheduled to depart Kerala’s Ernakulam. The train would carry over 1,000 people from Ernakulam to Bhubaneshwar in Odisha.
The run of the train was kept as a low key affair to avoid Mumbai’s Bandra like incident. “There are around 15 lakh migrants in the state and it is unsafe to send them by buses to towns and villages between 500 and 1,000 kilometers away in such hot weather. Social distancing will be a casualty“, said Telangana minister Srinivas Yadav.