Railways to Start 3 Special Trains from Puri to Gujarat

To ease the transportation worries of migrants, the Railways has decided to run three pairs of special trains through Odisha starting from September 12. The three special trains will run from Puri and connect three cities in Gujarat.

As per reports, these trains include:

  • Puri-Ahmedabad Express (4 days a week),
  • Puri-Gandhidham Express (weekly)
  • Puri-Okha Express (weekly)

Notably, these special trains will be an addition to the existing Shramik Special trains. Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan confirmed this via his twitter handle where he posted a copy of the letter from the Railway Board ordering the start of three new trains.

In the same tweet, Pradhan also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister Piyush Goyal for accepting his request for special trains from his home state so that the migrant workers could “safely return to work” and “help restart the economy”.

On the 7th of this month, Pradhan had written to the Railway Minister demanding train services connecting Odisha to the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat. Though the grant for Gujarat trains has been given, the decision for connectivity with the two other states – Maharashtra and Karnataka – is still pending.

Considering the damaged economic system and the threat to the livelihood of migrant workers, the Railways have recently introduced 80 additional special trains. This will be in addition to the 230 trains which are presently in operation.

Since the nationwide coronavirus lockdown started on March 22, all trains have been suspended from services barring the Special Shramik trains and other special trains. The Indian Railways began operating ‘Shramik’ special trains since May 1 to transport stranded migrants back to their home states after lakhs of labourers were seen walking long distances because of lack of transportation services.

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