SWR ferries 2.11 lakh passengers in 148 Shramik specials

SWR continues to run Shramik Special trains for migrant workers, students and families to their home towns in different parts of the country. On May 24, 2020, 8 Shramik Special trains were operated, three from Bengaluru to Bihar two to Odisha, one to Uttar Pradesh and one from Mysuru area to Bihar and one from Hosur (Tamil Nadu) to Bihar.

FPJ BureauUpdated: Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 08:31 AM IST
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SWR has so far run 148 Shramik Specials carrying 2.11 lakh migrant workers, students and families to return to their home towns, in different parts of the country after relaxation of Lockdown in Karnataka.

SWR’s first Shramik Special today left from KSR Bengaluru at 1.25 am to Khurda Road in Odisha with 1977 passengers.

The second Shramik Special left from Ashokapuram in Mysuru to Purnia in Bihar with 1164 passengers at 1.50 pm.

SWR’s third Shramik Special today left from Bengaluru Cant. to Muzaffarpur in Bihar at 1.30 pm with 1600 passengers.

SWR’s fourth Shramik Special today left from Bengaluru Cant. to Katihar in Bihar at 3.30 pm with 1520 passengers.

The fifth Shramik special today left from KSR Bengaluru to Bhdrak in Odisha at 4.00 pm with 1600 passengers.

The Sixth Shramik special today left from Chikkabanavara in Bengaluru to Gorakhpur at 6.00 pm with 1584 passengers.

The seventh Shramik special today left from Bengaluru Cant to Dharbanga at 6.00 pm with 1600 passengers.

The eight Shramik special today left from Hosur in Tamil Nadu to Bhagalpur in Bihar at 6.10 pm with 1810 passengers.

The passengers are being provided with regular meal pack given by the state labour department with the following;

1. Fruits (Musanbi 5 Nos.)

2. Veg Pulav

3. One packet Chapatti and sabji

4. One boiled egg

5. One packet buttermilk

6. One pineapple

7. Three liters of water bottle

The passengers were very happy to be returning to their hometowns. They thanked the Railways and State Government for arranging their return journey.

SWR is up scaling food arrangements to passengers of Shramik specials. In addition to regular meal pack at the time of boarding, one more reserve food pack under "till destination” food packet is being given to take care of any unanticipated delays. The reserve food packets consist of the following:-

1. Litti- 4 Pc+onion+green chilli (it's Bihar state delicacy & quite popular n loved by Biharis)

2. Bun -4 pc

3. Maaza juice-2 tetra packs

4. Biscuits -1 pack

5. Papdi namkin -250g

6. Banana- 2 pc.

7. 2 chocolates.

SWR has taken initiative to distribute toys to the children of the migrant workers leaving Bengaluru in the Shramik Special trains so that they will have memories of their return journey. These Channapatna toys are famous and made of wood and quite popular among the children and also a symbol of self reliant India. Hon’ble Prime Minister has appreciated the initiative of SWR and has today tweeted in Mann Ki Baat tweet updates.

Hon’ble Minister of Railway has informed that Railway is ready to operate Special trains in coordination with State Govt. to carry stranded migrant workers and families to their hometowns.

Hon’ble MoSR, has assured that SWR will continue running Shramik special to carry stranded migrant workers and ensure that there is no shortage of food and essential commodities during the covid-19 crisis.

SWR is transporting passengers to their destination as per the demand of State Government with proper protocol and the receiving State Government is ready to accept them. These special trains are being run from point to point with no stoppages en-route. State Government is arranging to bring passengers of Shramik Special trains to the stations through BMTC Buses as per the protocol.

Care is being taken to ensure social distancing, wearing of masks and sanitizing of hands and making regular announcement to caution the passengers for prevention and spread of Covid-19 virus before departure from Bengaluru, Mysuru, Bengaluru Cant. and Hosur Stations. Hand Sanitizer along with liquid soap has been provided in all coaches to protect against spread of Covid-19 Virus. Railway is also ensuring complete sanitization of all coaches before boarding of special train by the passengers.

Special Trains are departing the Stations only after all the passengers are medically examined by Government of Karnataka and issued medical certificate. Thermal screening is again done by Railway Medical Teams at the stations. None of the passengers was detected with high temperature. The Railway Protection Force (RPF) team is escorting the trains and ensuring social distancing. Details of passengers, coach-wise with address and mobile Nos. have been obtained. Details have been digitalized and stored for contact tracing in future, if required.

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