SPECIAL CORRESPONDENTNEW DELHI, MAY 05, 2020 23:07 ISTUPDATED: MAY 06, 2020 09:13 IST
The Indian Railways on Tuesday said it had run 67 ‘Shramik Special’ trains so far since May 1, transporting about 70,000 stranded migrants. “Till now 67 ‘Shramik Specials’ have been run by various zonal railways. Till May 4 [Monday], we had run 55 trains,” a railway spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added that 21 more such trains were expected to be run on Tuesday from various places including Bengaluru, Surat, Sabarmati, Jalandhar, Kota and Ernakulam.
Union Home Ministry spokesperson Punya Salila Srivastava also said these special trains had so far ferried about 70,000 migrants.
“On an average, these trains are carrying 1,000 passengers each,” the railways said. The ‘Shramik Special’ train has 24 coaches with each coach having a capacity of 72 seats. However, this capacity has now been reduced to about 50 due to social distancing norms.
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