Tweeting a replica of a letter from the Railway Board ordering the beginning of three new trains from Odisha’s Puri to locations throughout Gujarat, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister Piyush Goyal for accepting his request demanding particular trains from his residence state so migrant staff may “safely return to work” and “help restart the economy”.
“It has been decided that three pairs of special train services – Puri-Ahmedabad Express (4 days a week); Puri-Ghandhidham Express (weekly); and Ouri Okha Express (weekly) – shall start from September 12,” states the Railway Boards letter dated September 8 – a day after Mr Pradhan wrote to the Railway Minister demanding trains to Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat.
However, his request for connectivity with the 2 different industrial states – Maharashtra and Karnataka – is but to be appeared into.
Mr Pradhan had written to Railways Minister Piyush Goyal in search of particular trains inside days of a highway accident that killed seven migrant staff travelling from Odisha’s Ganjam to fabric mills in Gujarat.
The request got here even because the Railways it on account of begin 80 new trains within the reverse path of the Shramik Special trains to assist migrants return to work.
Barring operation of Special Shramik trains and particular trains, common railway providers have remained suspended since earlier than the nationwide coronavirus lockdown began on March 22.
The Shramik Special trains have been began to facilitate return of migrant staff, left jobless amid the coronavirus lockdown, to their residence states after lakhs of them began strolling again as a result of all public transportation providers stood suspended.
The exodus had evoked fear amongst specialists about its impact on the economic system, which has recorded its sharpest nosedive on report.