Lockdown: Shramik Special trains ferry migrant workers from Karnataka to different states
First Published 3, May 2020, 4:59 PM
Karnataka government sent 6,000 to 7,000 migrant workers to their respective states today (April 3) in 5 different trains.
Two trains went to Orissa, two trains to Bihar and one train to Jharkhand.
In a major relief to thousands of migrant workers stranded in Bengaluru, the first 'Shramik Special' from Bengaluru for Odisha left on Sunday morning.
The move came a day after Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik discussed, via video conference, the transportation of Odisha workers in Karnataka.
The special train from Chikkabanavara in Bengaluru to Bhubaneswar, Odisha left at 9.26am on Sunday carrying 1,190 passengers.
Medical staff at the station checked the temperature of each passenger before allowing them to board and officials ensured that social distancing was adhered to and everyone was wearing masks.
The 24-coach train comprises sleeper class (18 coaches), second class (4 coaches) and Guard Van (SLR) with two coaches. In each coach, 55 people were accommodated.