By the government of the State, South Central Railway (SCR) has provided assistance to as many as 1.87 lakh migrants by running Shramik special trains to reach their hometowns across the country.
As per SCR, approximately 151 trains were running from 14 Telangana stations including Lingampally, Ghatkesar, Cherlapally, Bibinagar, Medchal and Bolarum. In collaboration with the SCR, Telangana government-operated special Shramik trains which immensely helped migrant workers instead they intended to return to their native places by walk.
Government Operated Special Shramik Trains
Migrant workers have been sent to Bihar, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal and others. A total of 243 special Shramik trains from the SCR zone were operated and 3.13 lakh migrant workers transported. These special passenger trains, which started on 12 May, aided 35,240 passengers every day reach their destinations. The zone has 12 direct, special trains while 16 other trains cross numerous stations in the zone.
The SCR has also used a locking period for the maintenance of the track and was the first to operate among the Indian Railways. The zone commissioned a total of 89 km of new lines, 41 km of doubling and 44 km of gauge conversion work. There have been 43 km of new lines in the Telangana region, and 30 km of doubling was commissioned.
The zone is also the third-largest parcel of the Indian Railways and has transported 2.80 crore litres of milk through 587 milk tankers. 158 special parcel trains were operated, and nearly 39,000 tonnes of various products were carried away. The average train speed of freight was increased from 24 km/h to 51 km/h, and food grains were doubled from 2 MTs to 4.3 MTs during the lock-down time.
Gajanan Mallya, general manager of SCR, said the rail network worked endlessly in the course of Covid-19 times, ensured that the supply chain remained stable and that supplies of essential goods were balanced across the country.
By: Shailaja K