BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Two-day after stranded Kota students were brought back to Bengal, chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Twitter that two special trains of Indian Railways will bring back around 25,00 migrants, pilgrims from Kerala and Ajmer on Monday. She took to Twitter to make the announcement.
As a part of our promise to bring back citizens of Bengal stranded in other states, 2 special trains from Ajmer & Kerala would leave tomorrow for West Bengal carrying more than 2500 migrant labourers,pilgrims,students & patients. Everyone coming in to be screened as per protocols
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) May 3, 2020
Meanwhile, Bengal Governor Jadgeep Dhankhar also made similar announcement on Twitter when he said that he had a discussion with Railway Minister Piyush Goyal for facilitating return of migrants to the state. The train will leave from Ajmer and terminate at Durgapur via Asansol on May 5.
Had discussion with Railway Minister Piyush Goyal yesterday for facilitating return of migrants to our State.
One special train likely to reach and terminate at Durgapur via Asansol on 5th May scheduled to be departed from Rajasthan (Ajmer) carrying migrant from WB.
— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) May 3, 2020
At least 3,400 students of West Bengal were brought back to the state from the coaching hub of Kota in Rajasthan and have been sent home after health check-ups, an official said on Saturday.
300 buses carrying the students start reaching Asansol in Paschim Barddhaman district from Friday after completing more than 1,500 km journey from Kota in the west of India during the nationwide lockdown.
Initially, Mamata Banerjee was against the decision of bringing stranded students back. Later, she changed her mind and decided to go with the decision. In series of tweet she said, “Will do everything possible to bring back. Till I’m here nobody should feel helpless.”
She had assured all possible help to the people stuck outside the state amid the coronavirus lockdown, and said she is “personally overseeing this and will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that everyone gets any possible help.”
GoWB will initiate every possible help to people of Bengal stuck in diff parts of the country due to lockdown,in returning home. I’ve instructed my officers to do the needful. Till the time I’m here, nobody from Bengal should feel helpless. I’m with you in these tough times(1/2)
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) April 27, 2020
According to the Indian Railways, these Shramik Special trains will be run to take stranded people home and passengers will only be allowed on board once they are found to be asymptomatic upon screening. Physical distancing measures will be enforced on the trains.
The first of the trains to transport migrants stranded by the lockdown left Telangana for Jharkhand at around 4:30 am on May 1 morning, carrying 1,200 people from Lingampally in the southern state to Jharkhand’s Hatia district.