The Indian Railways is set to operationalise 2,600 more Shramik Special trains in the next ten days to help stranded migrants across the country.
In an official statement, the Railways said that the initiative is expected to benefit 36 lakh stranded passengers.
"While the country is battling with the pandemic COVID-19, Indian Railways is leaving no stone unturned to bring respite to the severely affected during this crucial time. In a constant endeavour to provide relief to migrants to reach home State, In a major decision, Ministry of Railways has decided to operationalise 2600 more Shramik Special Trains in next ten days across the country as per the needs of State Governments. This initiative is expected to benefit 36 lakh stranded passengers across the country," the statement read.
In the last 23 days, Railways has run 2,600 'Shramik Special' trains
Notably, these trains were started from May 1 to move migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and others who were stranded due to the 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.
Around 36 lakhs stranded migrants have been transported till now to their home states.