Railways begin evacuation of migrant workers stranded in different states


The Indian railways have started evacuating migrant workers stranded in various states in the country on the Labour Day on May 1 (Friday).

The first train was operated from Telangana to Jharkhand. The train carrying about 1200 workers left the Lingampally suburbs station in the western part of the Hyderabad at 5.00 in the morning. The train was operated to Hatia on the request of the state government.

According to The Hindu, the labourers were brought in about 56 buses from nearby construction sites to the station by the local police and district administration of Sangareddy where they were thermal screened, details taken before being allowed to board under the supervision of senior railway officials and the railway police.

The train was flagged off after taking all necessary precautions such as prior screening of passengers, maintaining social distancing at station and in the train. The Lingampally station was barricaded to prevent outsiders from sneaking in with police guarding all the entrance and exit points for utmost security.

A second such train is scheduled to leave the Aluva station in Ernakulam district of Kerala for Bhubaneshwar in Orisha. The train, which is expected to leave at 6 pm will carry over 1,000 people strictly in accordance with the social distancing norms.

The train was thoroughly disinfected and the government will be making arrangements to provide them food in the train to the passengers, who are being brought to the station by buses. Railway officials said more such trains will be operated if the initial operation is found trouble-free (with inputs from agencies)

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