PATNA: At least 1.9 lakh migrant workers and other stranded people reached different places in Bihar from 11 states by 73 Shramik Special trains on Thursday. With this, 17 lakh migrants have so far returned to the state by around 1,300 Shramik Special trains since May 2.
ECR chief public relations officer (CPRO) Rajesh Kumar said special trains from Satara, Mumbai, Pune and Panvel in Maharashtra, carrying about 20,000 stranded people, reached Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Bairgania, Katihar, Patna, Motihari and Sitamarhi on Thursday, while two special trains from Nagaur and Jaipur in Rajasthan with 2,900 passengers reached Kishanganj and Purnia.
Similarly, five special trains from Ludhiana, one each from Firozpur, Sirhind and Doraha in Punjab, carrying about 11,000 migrant workers, reached Gopalganj, Supaul, Kishanganj, Madhubani, Motihari, Muzaffarpur and Sitamarhi.
Shramik Special trains from Chennai, Salem, Hosur, Tiruppur and Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu, carrying about 6,000 stranded people, reached Darbhanga, Barauni and Muzaffarpur. Special trains from Katra in Jammu and Kashmir and Karnataka reached Araria and Darbhanga with the stranded migrants.
Four special trains from Vapi and one from Udhna in Gujarat with 7,300 migrant workers reached Darbahanga, Barauni and Jehanabad, while four other special trains from Faridabad, Panipat, Hissar and Rohtak in Haryana, carrying nearly 5,800 passengers, reached Muzaffarpur, Begusarai and Katihar. One special train from Dehradun in Uttarakhand, carrying about 1,500 migrant workers and other stranded people, reached Kishanganj.
Special trains from Uttar Pradesh, carrying about 10,500 migrant workers, reached Gaya, Khagaria, Katihar, Saharsa and Bhabua, while one special train from Jhansi in Madhya Pradesh reached Pt Deendayal Upadhyay Junction with migrant workers, who were later sent to Barauni, Goplaganj and Katihar in Bihar through special trains.
“The ECR sent stranded migrant workers to Bettiah, Madhubani, Supaul, Buxar, Bhagalpur and Katihar from Danapur and other places by 22 additional special trains on Thursday,” the CPRO said.
Meanwhile, ECR has set up food points at 21 railway stations falling under its jurisdiction to serve meals, snacks and water bottles to migrant workers travelling by Shramik Special trains. The food points have come up at Patna, Danapur, Patliputra, Gaya, Chopan, Dhanbad, Koderma, Barkakana, Renukut, Singhrauli, Daltonganj, Garhwa, Sonepur, Hajipur, Muzaffarpur, Barauni, Samastipur, Darbhanga, Motihari and Bettiah.