New Delhi: The government has decided to run 2,600 more Shramik special trains in the next 10 days to benefit nearly 36 lakh stranded passengers across the country.
The Indian Railways have been running the Shramik Special trains from May 1 to move migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students, and other persons stranded at different places due to nationwide lockdown.
These special trains are being run from point to point on the request of both the concerned state governments as per the standard protocols for sending and receiving such stranded persons.
It may be noted that the Railways and concerned state governments have appointed senior officials as Nodal Officers for coordination and smooth operation of these “Shramik Specials”.
Officials said Indian Railways has run 2600 Shramik Special Trains in the last 23 days to ferry the migrants stranded in different states due to the ongoing lockdown.
Apart from Shramik Special Trains, the Ministry of Railways has started 15 pairs of Special Trains with effect from May 12 and announced 200 train services to be run from June 1.