At last, the first special train from the national capital was left with about 1,200 migrant workers for their home state Madhya Pradesh at eight o’clock on Thursday night amid a nationwide lockdown implemented due to the global pandemic. These workers were trapped here due to the shutdown implemented in the country. As per the officials, “This train will leave for its 1,200 migrant laborers from Madhya Pradesh living in the shelter homes of Delhi.”
When the lockdown came into force on March 24, thousands of laborers left for home on foot. Then at that, there was a huge crowd gathered on the Delhi-UP border. However, later many laborers were persuaded and sent back to the Quarantine Center. Now in the past, the Union Home Ministry had allowed migrant laborers to go back to their homes, for this the state governments will have to make arrangements. After which special labor trains were arranged on the recommendation of many governments.
On May 7, the first labor train left Delhi and will go to Madhya Pradesh boarding thousands of laborers trapped during the lockdown in Delhi, which is now slowly being evacuated. 1200 migrant laborers are expected to be on this train. This train has left New Delhi railway station at 8 pm tonight with the migrant laborers.
So far, 100 trains have been run by the Railways, in which about 1 lakh laborers have been transported to their homes. However, all laborers will have to live in quarantine when they reach home. After which all the tests will be done within 14 days. Buses are also being used by many state governments to bring back their laborers.
The guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs are being followed completely in running these trains. Passengers are being seated in coaches by following social distancing. They will undergo thermal screening on arrival and departure at the concerned station.
They will be sent home only after 14 days of quarantine in the home district. Special trains will run only on the request of the government and the people sending and calling people. Trains will not stop anywhere between the starting and the last station. It will be the responsibility of the state government to get the workers screened before boarding the train. Only those who do not have symptoms will be allowed to go.