Pune, June 23, 2020: On the request of the State Governments for special trains to transport workers, tourists, students, and other people stranded due to lockdown in different parts of the country to their states, the railway is running Shramik special trains. In this series, the 140th Shramik Special train under Pune railway division left today with passengers from Odisha and Jharkhand.
Dedicated teams of railway officers and employees are playing a special role in it. The tireless efforts by them are helping in making all the necessary arrangements at the stations. Due to which the trains are running smoothly. Out of these 140 trains, 79 Shramik Special trains have left from Pune station, 23 from Kolhapur, 12 from Miraj, 14 from Satara, 12 from Uruli station near Hadapsar. These trains have been sent to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jammu, Manipur and Assam.
In this series of Shramik Special trains which started from May 7, Pune Railway Division has played a very important role in taking more than 1 lakh 80 thousand people to their homes through 140 trains in the period up to 23 June.
Dedicated teams of officers and employees of the Pune Railway Division have been making their special contribution to run special trains in the midst of the tough challenges and difficulties due to Covid19 epidemic. In this, basic facilities like station master, pointsman, controller, commercial controller, loco pilot and guard, commercial inspector, ticket checking staff, booking and reservation staff, rail protection force (RPF) personnel, adequate maintenance of the vehicle, cleanliness, water system are available. The role of the employees of the Department of Mechanical, Electrical, Civil Engineering, etc. has been very commendable especially for getting it done.
Workers’ special trains are being run only on the request and demand of the state governments. Before the departure of the Shramik Special train, after all the process of the district administration and the necessary medical examination of the migrants, only those registered by them are being sent to these trains. Therefore, people are advised to contact the authorities of the district administration for this. No passenger should reach the station directly.
All the passengers of Shramik Special are being given food packets and water bottles before leaving the station. Passengers are being told to follow rules such as following social distancing while travelling, taking proper care of cleanliness, not messing up coaches, not spitting around, applying masks on face.