Telangana is all set to run 40 special trains to various destinations to ferry migrant labourers who were stranded away from home to their respective native places during the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. The railways will be running these special trains for migrants as a part of the decision taken at the request of the Telangana government.
On Monday, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) ordered officials to arrange travel of migrant labours on behalf of the state government.
The trains would run from various stations in Hyderabad, apart from Warangal, Khammam, Damaracharla and other places in the state. They would go to Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal and other states, an official release said.
“The chief minister spoke to South Central Railway general manager Gajanan Mallya and requested him to arrange for 40 special trains from Tuesday,” the release said.
At a meeting on Monday, chief minister KCR talked about the urgent issue of problems faced by migrant workers who are growing impatient over the extended lockdown. Despite the strict lockdown, migrant workers have been attempting to return to their homes.
“Migrant workers who have already registered their names with the local police stations to leave for their native places, would be allowed to travel by the special trains. The details of the travel will be given at the police stations,” the official release said.
KCR assured migrant workers to not feel anxious in these difficult times as the government had made special arrangements for them to reach their homes.
The Telangana government appointed senior IAS officer Sandeep Sultania and senior IPS officer Jitendra as special officers to oversee the travel of migrant workers to their native States.