by NEWSNER , 2021-04-12 16:03:22
With a surge in Covid-19 cases in Gujarat and Maharashtra and therefore the imposition of stricter curfew or other regulations showing a possible outflux of migrant workers, the Western Railways announced that it'll introduce 14 summer special trains to UP, Bihar and Assam.
As per a press release released by Sumit Thakur, chief PR officer (CPRO) of Western Railways, extra coaches also are being added to the prevailing trains to deal with the push.
As per Western Railways (WR) head, Alok Kansal, presently WR is running 266 long-distance trains from Gujarat and Maharashtra which are a part of the entire 310 long-distance trains which were being operated before the Covid-19 period. Further, 30 pairs of festival special trains were introduced in January 2021 which have now been extended up to June 2021. Moreover, 14 summer special trains are identified for various destinations, especially for Patna and Bhagalpur in Bihar, Gorakhpur and Ghazipur in UP and Guwahati in Assam and can be introduced within the next few days.
Similarly, the role of trains is monitored daily and extra coaches are attached to existing trains with substantial Waitlisted passengers to clear the push. In March alone, WR temporarily augmented quite 575 coaches in 42 trains to clear the additional rush,” read a press release from the office of Thakur.
Recently reported on how migrant workers in Surat and Ahmedabad are getting to return to their home states as Covid-19 cases still surge in Gujarat. Currently, a complete of 20 special trains to UP, Bihar and Odisha are available from Ahmedabad and Gandhidham railway stations in Gujarat, informed the railway officials.
The Western Railways have also decided to cancel issuing platform tickets in the least railway stations in Gujarat and Maharashtra till April 30.