New Delhi: – The railway administration informed that nearly 4.8 million workers travelled in 3,274 special Shramik trains services, operated by the Indian Railways, to their hometowns in the last 26 days. Railways said that the maximum number of these trains originated from Maharashtra and Gujarat.
The special Shramik train services were operated from Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chandigarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Puducherry, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. The railway administration informed that special Shramik train services, operated from the states were 946 from Gujarat, 677 from Maharashtra, 377 from Punjab, 243 from Uttar Pradesh and 215 from Bihar.
After starting the special Shramik services, a lot of workers were observed to be crowding at various stations. On Wednesday, hundreds of workers assembled at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, despite not having their names in the traveller lists. It is said that these workers came because of a misunderstanding. The union home ministry and the railway administration announced new guidelines for the workers travelling in the special Shramik trains. All the state governments have been asked to register these workers, desirous of travelling, and handover the lists to the railways. But confusion still prevails at some of the stations.