In next 10 days, 36 lakh migrants will travel on Shramik Special trains
Shramik Special trains were started on May 1 to ferry lakhs of stranded migrant workers across India back to their home towns as the pandemic-induced lockdown caused economic hardship and curtailed their mobility.
In the next 10 days, at least 36 lakh migrants will be travelling on Shramik Special trains, Railway Board chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav said Saturday.
Yadav further said that the Shramik Special trains will continue as long as there is the need for them, adding that free meals, and drinking water are being provided to all the passengers and that social distancing and hygiene protocols are being followed in trains and stations.
Given that domestic flight operations may resume soon, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Friday said it was mandatory for all passengers to follow certain directives, which includes registration on the Aarogya Setu App. “With the possibility of resumption of domestic flights soon, AAI has released some steps that must be followed so passengers are fully geared up while travelling. Wear a mask, carry a hand sanitiser, keep docs handy & register on Aarogya Setu App,” it tweeted. The passengers will have to wear a mask and other protective gear, maintain four-feet physical distance from co-passengers, do web check-in. carry a printout of boarding cards, wash/sanitise hands frequently and cooperate with airport staff, said the AAI.
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