800+ Trains Ferry 1.2 million Migrant Workers from Gujarat
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800+ Trains Ferry 1.2 million Migrant Workers from Gujarat

800+ Trains Ferry 1.2 million Migrant Workers from Gujarat

May 24, 2020, Gandhinagar: Shramik special trains from Gujarat have so far carried nearly 1.2 million migrant workers to their home states, even as the transportation of workers is now in its final phase.

“We have run more than 800 Shramik special trains since May 2. We have facilitated the movement of over 12 lakh migrant (1.2 million) workers to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur, and other states so far,” said Vipul Mittra, additional chief secretary, Labour and Employment department, and the state’s nodal officer for transportation of migrant workers, tourists, pilgrims, students, and other stranded persons in special trains.

On Sunday, a train carrying workers to Manipur departed from Bharuch, which Mittra said described as a perfect example of teamwork and coordination.

“The train from Bharuch to Manipur will cut across the breadth of the country and cover a distance of nearly 3,000 km. The workers on board the train were brought together from 13 districts, including some who traveled more than 500 km by bus from the farthest Kutch district. Their total journey from Kutch to the North East will be over 3,500 km. The district authorities managed the logistics in a smooth manner which made the train journey possible” Mittra said.

Mittra in particularly lauded officials in Halol and Bharuch saying they made quick arrangements for 36 workers from North East, who had left Surat on bicycles.

“The workers had started the journey to Assam on newly purchased bicycles but were stopped by police at Halol. Upon learning about this, authorities in Halol made arrangements to take them to Bharuch, where they boarded the special train to Assam and Manipur. The whole team deserves sincere appreciation for its proactive and humane approach,” Mittra said.

Of the 12 lakh workers who have been ferried so far, more than 7 lakh has been sent to Uttar Pradesh, three lakh to Bihar, 68,000 to Odisha, 40,000 to Jharkhand, 33,700 to MP, and 19,000 to Chhattisgarh.

“We have also operated trains to Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and other states. Trains were operated to Telangana and Himachal Pradesh in the last two days,” he said.

The maximum trains have departed from Surat (324), Ahmedabad (168), Rajkot (56), Vadodara (38), Bharuch (31), Valsad (23), and Kutch (20).

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