Indian Railways ferry 3.4 lakh migrant workers through 283 special trains

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Shramik special train - file photo

A total of 283 “Shramik Special” trains have been operationalized from various states across the country till date, according to the Indian Railways.

Out of these 283 trains, 225 trains had reached its destination and 58 trains are in transit. 49 Shramik Special trains are in pipeline for last day today, said a communique from the Ministry.

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These 283 trains were terminated in various states like Andhra Pradesh (2 Trains), Bihar (90 Trains), Himachal Pradesh (1 Train), Jharkhand (16 Trains),  Madhya Pradesh (21 Trains), Maharashtra (3 Trains), Odisha (21 Trains), Rajasthan (4 Trains), Telangana (2 trains), Uttar Pradesh (121 Trains), West Bengal (2 trains).

These trains have ferried migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students to cities like Prayagraj, Chhapra, Balia, Gaya, Purnia, Varanasi, Darbhanga, Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Jaunpur, Hatia, Basti, Katihar, Danapur, Muzaffarpur, Saharsa etc.

In these Shramik Special Trains, maximum around 1200 passengers can travel observing social distancing. Proper screening of passengers is ensured before boarding the train. During the journey, passengers are given free meals and water, the ministry said.