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Central Railway announces additional trains for migrants to avoid overcrowding amidst COVID-19 pandemic

On April 15, migrants were witnessed leaving for their hometowns even though there were no overcrowding at the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus.

Central Railway announces additional trains for migrants to avoid overcrowding amidst COVID-19 pandemic
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According to reports, after the announcement of curfew-like restrictions in the state by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, a large number of people had gathered at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) to leave for their hometown.

In view of the situation, Central Railways (CR) has announced around 230 summer special trains that operate between Mumbai and stations in the north and eastern part of India to meet the additional demand of passengers during this time of the year as migrants are heading home town either due to loss of livelihood or to participate in elections and marriage events.

In recent developments, on April 15, migrants were witnessed leaving for their hometowns even though there were no overcrowding at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) as CR has pressed into service special trains apart from 18 services which run on a daily basis to the north and eastern part of the country.

Meanwhile, with the Maharashtra government announcing fresh restrictions in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus, migrant workers have stated that the restrictions are similar to the ones that were imposed last year which would, in turn, affect their wages. On the other hand, the authorities have stated that at the LTT, Kurla, from where trains for Uttar Pradesh and Bihar depart, there was a rise in the number of passengers in the past two days.

In the past, earlier on April 4, while most of the passengers had advance bookings for their destination, several migrant workers reached the station after hearing Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announcing fresh restrictions amidst the rise in cases of coronavirus.

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