The Ministry of Railways deployed the first special train on May 1st, 2020 to ferry stranded migrants hit by coronavirus induced lockdown from Telangana to Jharkhand.
The train carrying about 1,200 migrant labourers set off from Lingampally in Telangana for Hatia in Jharkhand at 4:50 am.
Railway Protection Force director general Arun Kumar told reporters that the train is ferrying nearly 1,200 migrants in 24 coaches from Lingampally in Telangana to Hatia in Jharkhand.
Passenger trains have been suspended since March 22nd, 2020 following the lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus. The Centre had only allowed freight and special parcel trains to ply.
It may be mentioned several states have asked the Centre to deploy special trains to ferry the stranded migrant workers.
The Centre on April 29th, 20920 had issued an order allowing inter-state transport of stranded migrants, students and tourists.
As a result of lockdown restrictions to fight COVID-19, migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons are stranded at different places in the country.
They would be allowed to move between one State/ UT to another State/ UT after the concerned states consult each other and mutually agree to.
“Such person(s) would be assessed by the local health authorities, and kept in home quarantine, unless the assessment requires keeping the person in institutional quarantine. They would be kept under watch with periodic health check-ups,” the Centre said.