All necessary precautions such prior screening of passengers, maintaining social distancing at the station and in the train were followed
After a month of lockdown in India, the first train carrying about 1000 migrant labourers set off from Lingampally in Telangana for Hatia in Jharkhand Friday morning at 5 AM.
The decision came in power after the meeting chaired between Home and Railway ministers in the late hours of Thursday. More such trains are planned in different regions sources claimed but no official statement has been released yet.
The 24-coach train of unreserved coaches will reach Hatia near Ranchi (Jharkhand) at 11 pm, according to the schedule prepared by Railways. The non-stop train will have only operational halt for crew changing and watering. Railway Protection Force has been deployed to ensure proper social distancing measures. The coaches were sanitised before being rolled into the platform.
Following the continuous demands from the CM’s the moves were taken under consideration. RD Bajpai, spokesman, Ministry of Railways said: “Today morning, a One-off special train was run from Lingampalli to Hatia on request of the State Government of Telangana and as per the directions of Ministry of Railways. All necessary precautions such prior screening of passengers, maintaining social distancing at the station and in the train were followed”.
Bajpai further added, “This was only a One-off Special train and any further trains shall be planned only as per the directions of Ministry of Railways and on request from both the Originating and Destination State Governments.”