As per the guideline issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, it has been decided to run “Shramik Special” trains from Friday, to move migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places due to the lockdown.
Lockdown: Home Ministry allows special trains to ferry stranded migrants, students back home (File photo)
- MHA has allowed special trains to ferry stranded migrants, students back home
- All passengers will have to be screened before and after the journey
- State governments, at the departure and arrival ends, will coordinate with Railways
The Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday allowed Indian railways to operate special passenger trains to ferry stranded migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons back to their homes.
As per the MHA order, the Railway ministry will run special ‘Shramik Trains’ after coordinating with states and Union territories for the movement of the people. The decision to run the Shramik trains comes on the International Labour Day.
These special trains will run from point to point on the request of both the concerned state governments as per the standard protocols for sending and receiving such stranded persons. The Railways and state governments shall appoint senior officials as nodal officers for coordination and smooth operation of these ‘shramik specials’.
Each train will ferry 1200 passengers, including stranded people, railway staff and RPF personnel. For social distancing, each compartment will carry only 50-55 passengers. The middle seats in 3-Tier coaches will be kept empty. Of the total 24 coaches in a train, only 22 will carry passengers and there will be no connectivity between the compartments.
The passengers have to be screened by the sending states and only those found asymptomatic would be allowed to travel. The state governments sending the stranded people will have to bring these persons in batches to the designated railway station in sanitised buses following social distancing norms and other precautions, the Railway Ministry said in a statement.
It will be mandatory for every passenger to wear face cover. Meals and drinking water would be provided to the passengers by the sending states at the originating station.
The Railways will endeavour to ensure social distancing norms and hygiene with the cooperation of passengers, the statement said. On longer routes, the Railways will provide a meal enroute during the journey.
On arrival at the destination, passengers will be received by the state government, which will make all arrangements for their screening, quarantine if necessary and further travel from the railway station.
(With inputs from Rahul Shrivastav)