Vadodara division runs 55 Shramik specials to ferry 73438 migrants back home
In the fight against the novel Coronavirus, Indian Railways took the initiative to bring stranded labourers back to their homes in villages across the nation. Contributing to this Western Railway has successfully run 500 Shramik Special trains till 16th May, 2020, across the country resulting in around 7 lakh passengers reaching their home states.
According to a press release issued by WR CPRO Ravinder Bhakar, out of these special trains 349 were bound to Uttar Pradesh, 56 to Bihar, 39 to Orissa, 26 to Madhya Pradesh, 11 to Jharkhand, 6 trains each to Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan and 4 to Uttarakhand states. A special shramik train was also bound to states of Manipur, West Bengal and Maharashtra. A total of 6,99,931 passengers have been ferried to their homes in different states of the country from 2nd May, 2020 to 16th May, 2020.
Bhakar stated that these Shramik Special trains have helped in facilitating faster movement of stranded labourers to their native places. On 16th May, 2020, 61 Shramik Special trains were bound to states of Uttar Pradesh (45 trains), Bihar (5 trains), Jharkhand (2 trains), Orissa (4 trains), Madhya Pradesh (2 trains), West Bengal (one train), Chhattisgarh (one train) and Uttarakhand (one train). Out of these, 9 trains were run from Mumbai Suburban section of Western Railway. Six trains were run from Borivali station and one train each from Bandra Terminus, Vasai Road and Palghar stations.
From 3rd May to 16th May, 2020, a total of 47 Shramik Special Trains have originated from Mumbai Suburban Section. These trains were bound to Gorakhpur (10 trains), Jaunpur (11 trains), Gonda (4 trains), Varanasi (4 trains), Pratapgarh (2 trains) and one train each bound to Jaipur, Meghnagar, Prayagraj, Bhagalpur, Pali, Falna, Sikar, Katihar, Darbhanga, Unnao, Purnia, Bikaner, Kishanganj, Howrah, Ballia and Khurda Road in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and West Bengal.
These special trains had the capacity of 1200 to 1700 passengers with maintaining social distancing norms. Under the guidelines of Ministry of Home Affairs, proper thermal screening of passengers have been ensured before boarding the train. During the journey, passengers are also being given free meals and packaged drinking water.
Talking about the Vadodara division it runs 55 Shramik special trains to ferry 73,428 migrant back to their home. Migrant labourers were from Manipur, UP, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharakhand, MP. The division
consists of Anand, Ankleshwer, Bharuch, Godhra, Nadiad & Vadodara railway stations runs