Amid lockdown, the special Train services have started on Friday for migrants stranded in other states Telangana to Hatia bound first train was flagged off in Jharkhand, on Friday. Due to a nationwide lockdown implemented to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, except speciial trains other services are suspended. The train, which runs from Lingampally in Telangana to Hatia in Jharkhand, has 1,200 people who were stranded here. This train left at 4:30 am today. Right now the same train has been run. This is the first time a passenger train has run since the lockdown was implemented. According to the news agency PTI, Director General of RPF, Arun Kumar gave this information.
Talking to news portal IANS, Director General of Railway Protection Force (RPF) Arun Kumar said, 'A non-stop train from Telangana to Jharkhand started this morning with 1,200 migrants.' He said that the train will reach Hatia around 11 am.
Stranded migrants in Lingampally in Telangana travelled back to their hometown in Hatia in Jharkhand via a special train that was run by the Railways for the first time after the lockdown was imposed by the Central Government all across the country amid ongoing coronavirus pandemic .'The 24 coach train started at 4.50 am today (Friday). 1,200 migrants are on board,' RPF DG said. The migrant labourers and students were stuck in places when lockdown was imposed on March25 and were constantly urging for the arrangement of transportation facilities to take them back home. Finally, the government has started sending the stranded people back to their homes. A special train ran today from Hyderabad in the morning and will reach Hatia at 11 pm tonight and the migrants will be kept in quarantine facilities. 'Today (Friday) morning a one-off special train was run from Lingampalli to Hatia on request of the state government of Telangana and as per the directions of ministry of railways. All necessary precautions such as prior screening of passengers, maintaining social distancing at station and in the train were followed,' Railways said in a statement.
Indian Railways however cleared that this train service is being provided only once on the directions of the Central government. Further trains will run only if railway ministry agrees to do so after taking approval from the state governments from where the migrants are moving and where they have to travel. The train was allowed to run only after adopting proper social distancing norms. Only 54 passengers are allowed to be present in a coach having a seating capacity of 72 people. States like Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Bihar, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Telangana have requested special trains to ferry migrant workers back to their home states.
According to Jharkhand officials, the state government has made adequate arrangements for the test and quarantine of the migrants returning to the state by special non-stop train. Railways have canceled passenger, mail and express train services in the wake of Coronavirus. Last month, hundreds of expatriates reached Mumbai's Bandra Terminus railway station after rumors of train services resuming. The official orders & intimation will be laid down at indianrail.gov.in
A one-off special train was run today from Lingampalli (Hyderabad) to Hatia (Jharkhand) on request of the Telangana Government & as per the directions of Union Railway Ministry. pic.twitter.com/9YptotxcbV— ANI (@ANI) May 1, 2020
Explain that the central government has allowed migrant laborers, students, and others with symptoms of coronavirus to return home. In the order issued by the Center, all the states were asked to make preparations to send those stranded to their home states. They were ordered to be sent by road. After this, many states including Punjab, Bihar, Rajasthan, Maharashtra demanded the migrants to run trains citing the distance to their home. Since March 25, millions of migrant laborers and others were stranded in other states after a nationwide lockdown implemented to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country.
According to the Ministry of Health, there have been 35,043 cases of coronavirus in India. 8889 people have recovered and 1147 people have died. Maharashtra has the highest number of 10,498 cases. Of these 1773 people have recovered and 459 people have died. There have been 1038 cases in Telangana. Of these 397 people have recovered. At the same time, 26 people have died. There have been 109 cases in Jharkhand. Of these, 20 people have recovered and three people have died.
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