Migrant workers who had boarded the first special train specifically run to ferry workers were in for a surprise on reaching Ranchi on Friday midnight. The migrants were welcomed with roses and packets of food before continuing their journey to different parts of Jharkhand.
Earlier, the first special train ferrying migrants left from Telangana for Jharkhand on Friday early morning. The train had 1,200 passengers from Lingampally in Telangana who were on their way home to Hatia district in Jharkhand. Later, the Ministry of Home Affairs had allowed for movement of migrants, students, tourists and others stranded people at different places by special trains. Initially the government had said that only buses would be allowed to ferry such people.
The trains carrying migrant workers have been labelled as Shramik Special trains and are being run on the special request of states who want to ferry labourers. The 1200 migrants who reached Ranchi mostly belong to Palamu and Garwha district and will take a bus from Hatia for their further journey. The migrants were allowed to board the bus after they were checked to ensure none suffered from symptoms of Covid19.
A second special train left Kerala’s Ernakulam on Friday evening for Bhubaneswar in Odisha and carried 1,000 passengers.