3060 Shramik Special Trains & 3.1 Lakh Passengers in India: Back Home Service to Migrants & Stranded Persons

Indian Railways operationalises 3060 “Shramik Special” trains till 25th May, 2020 (till 10:00 hrs) across the country and transports more than 40 lacs passengers to their home states through “Shramik Special” trains in 25 days.

The congestion witnessed in the Railway network on 23rd / 24th May, 2020 is over.

The congestion had occurred due to convergence of more than two third rail traffic on routes to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and late clearance of the terminals due to health protocols etc that needed to be completed by State Authorities.

The matter has resolved through active consultation with State Governments and also finding other feasible routes for the journey.

In addition to Shramik specials, Railways are running 15 pairs of special trains connecting New Delhi from. 12th May and plans to start 200 more time tables trains on 1st June.

25 May 2020 Subsequent to the Ministry of Home Affairs order regarding movement of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places by special trains, Indian Railways had decided to operate “Shramik Special” trains form 1st May 2020.

As on 25th May 2020 (till 10:00 hrs), a total of 3060 “Shramik Special” trains have been operationalized from various states across the country. More than 40 lacs passengers have reached their destinations by these “Shramik Special” trains.

Out of 3060 Shramik Special Trains, 2608 trains have been terminated, 453 trains are on run. On 24.05.2020,237Shramik Specials were run moving 3.1 lakh passengers.

These 3060 trains were originated from various states. The top five States/UTs from where maximum trains originated are Gujarat(853 Trains), Maharashtra(550 Trains), Punjab(333 Trains), Uttar Pradesh (221 Trains), Delhi (181 Trains).

Also, these Shramik Special Trains were terminated in various States across the country. The top five states where maximum trains terminated are Uttar Pradesh(1245 Trains), Bihar(846 Trains), Jharkhand(123 Trains), Madhya Pradesh(112 Trains), Odisha(73 Trains).

The rail route congestion which  was being witnessed on 23rd/24th May, 2020, is over. The congestion had occurred due to convergence of more than two third rail traffic on routes to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and late clearance of the terminals due to health  protocolsetc that needed to be completed by State Authorities. The matter has resolved through active consultation with State Governments and also finding other feasible routes for the journey.

In addition to Shramik specials Railways are running 15 pairs of special trains connecting New Delhi and plans to start 200 more time tables trains on 1st June.

District Administration requests cancellation of next scheduled trains considering Low turnout in 4 trains departing today

S.A.S. Nagar, 25 May 2020: The District Administration has requested the cancellation of any other scheduled trains from Mohali keeping in view the extremely low turnout in the 4 trains that left Mohali railway station today for Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

For Today’s first train at 10 am that left for Araria station in Bihar carrying 553 migrant workers, 3506 migrants were contacted (Turnout 16 percent), while for the second train that left at 1 pm left for Bettiah station in Bihar carrying a total of 485 migrants, 4047 migrants were contacted (Turnout 19 percent). For the third train that chugged off the station at 4 pm, 2405 migrants were contacted but only 1238 migrant workers boarded the train (turnout 51 percent) to Maharajganj station in Uttar Pradesh. For the 4th train that left for Balia in Uttar Pradesh, a total of 5975 migrants were contacted but only 1600 migrants chose to go thus making it a mere 26 percent turnout.

It is important to mention that the district administration adopted a system of calling all the registered persons and sought their consent. With the relaxations announced in the lockdown, the drop rate of 30-35 percent was witnessed. Further, those who consented to go and were sent SMSs to arrive at the collection centres, there was a drop rate of another 10-15 percent. Approximately, 7030 persons were sent to their home states through special buses and their own vehicles. Therefore, in view of the relaxations in lockdown, it was earlier intimated that running many trains may not be required.

The low turnout was despite the fact that multilingual banners and posters including hindi, were published at prominent places which had complete schedule of the trains alongwith their timings. Extensive Muniadi was also done through area SHOs, Eos and Panchayat Secretaries to ensure that any person from UP/Bihar desirous of going back was informed whether registered or not. Special attention was paid to areas where such migrants lived and the social media was also used including watsapp messages to inform the migrants.

It is also noteworthy that the shramik special trains were started on 7th May, 2020 and till date 19 trains to different states have been sent carrying a total of 23,030.

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