BENGALURU: The first special train in order to help the stranded migrant workers reach their respective districts left from Bengaluru to Bhubneshwar in Odisha. It is carrying over a 1000 migrant labourers, as per an official on Sunday, 3 May.
An official from the South Western Railway (SWR) zone said, "The train known as 'Shramik Special' left Chikbanwara railway station located in Bangaluru at 9:26 am with 1,190 migrant labourers to Bhubneshwar in Odisha."
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Special buses were also arranged by the state government to transport the workers to the railway station. It is located at the eastern suburb of the city. The migrants were living in relief camps in the city for over a duration of a month.
Chief Minister of Karnataka, BS Yediyurappa discussed the matter with Biju Patnaik, from Odisha on 2 May regarding the transportation of migrant labourers belonging to the eastern state as they were trapped in the tech city as the national lockdown got announced on March 25, leading to buses and trains getting suspended.
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Following the lockdown, the ministry had declared, "No one, under any circumstance, should come to railway stations looking for trains. We will not issue any tickets to any individual or entertain any request from any group or individual. We will allow only those passengers to board whom state government officials bring to the railway stations."