Indian Railways operated 222 special trains to ferry over 2.5 lakh stranded people so far: MHA

The railways has so far run 222 special trains to ferry over 2.5 lakh people, including migrant labourers, stranded in different of parts of the country due to the ongoing lockdown to check the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Friday.

Addressing a press conference, MHA Joint Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava said the government’s efforts have been to give maximum relaxations to people within the lockdown guidelines. As part of this endeavour, the government has started special trains to ferry stranded migrant labourers, students, pilgrims and tourists to their native places, she said, adding that 222 trains have so far carried over 2.5 lakh people.

She said the next step is to bring back Indians stranded abroad in a phased manner which started on Thursday using non-scheduled commercial flights and naval ships. The INS Jalashwa will begin its journey from Maldives with 700 passengers on Friday and will reach Kochi on May 10 night, she said.

A flight from Singapore with over 250 passengers and five more evacuation flights will land on Friday, she said. Flights from Abu Dhabi to Kochi and Dubai to Kozhikode with 354 passengers have reached on Thursday, she said.

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