Centre allows movement of special trains to ferry stranded people


NEW DELHI | May 1, 2020:

The Ministry of Home Affairs today issued revised consolidated guidelines to include the use of special trains to ferry people stranded in different states due to nationwide COVID-19 lockdown.

The orders are to be strictly implemented by Ministries/Departments of Government of India, State/ Union Territories Governments, and State/ Union Territories authorities.

As per the order, the movement of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students, and other persons stranded at different places is allowed by special trains to be operated by the Railway Ministry. 

The Ministry of Railway will designate a nodal officer for coordinating with States and Union Territories for their movement.

However the MoR will issue guidelines on the sale of tickets and for social distancing and other safety measures to be observed at the train station, train platforms, and within the train.

It may be mentioned that Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma had on Thursday informed that the Government is trying to bring back those people who are stranded outside the State by way of special trains and flights.