In a major relief to thousands of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists and students stranded in various parts of the country, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday issued an order to operate special trains to carry them to their respective destinations.
Post the MHA order, Indian Railways announced that it is starting ‘Shramik Special’ trains from Labour Day (May 1) which will run from point to point on the request of both the concerned State Governments.
The Railways and State Governments shall appoint senior officials as Nodal Officer(s) for coordination and smooth operation of these ‘Shramik Specials’.
The Railway ministry informed that the first Shramik Special train carrying 1,225 migrant workers from Lingampalli in Telangana has reached Hatia in Jharkhand on Friday 11.15 PM.
Meanwhile, on Friday, the Indian Railways also announced the cancellation of all passenger train services including suburban trains, Mail/Express (premium trains), Metro Rail are extended till May 17.
However, freight and parcel trains will continue to operate.