Over seven lakh people took a train to states in the north, east and north east India from Mumbai and neighbouring districts in April as the state started implementing curbs, which gradually escalated into a de facto lockdown, to rein in the surge in Covid-19 cases, data shared by the Central and Western Railway has revealed.
A significant fraction of the travellers is believed to have comprised migrant labourers, making their way back to their hometowns. The Central and Western Railway increased the number of special trains to these states in order to meet the increase in demand.
Around 7.41 lakh passengers travelled to north, east and north east states in trains run by Central and Western Railway in April this year as restrictions were escalated through the month to tackle the massive second wave of the pandemic, officials said.
The number is much higher than 2019, the last pre-pandemic year, when 4.9 lakh passengers travelled by trains in the same month.