The onset of the COVID 19 pandemic had created a wave of havoc in the lives of people. Lockdown of the nation has made the life of people tough, especially the labor class. Fear of losing their jobs, being away from their near and dear ones, and majorly being attacked by the virus was shattering them. But lockdown 4.0 was a major relief for migrants.
Finally, their fear was addressed with the government announcing that the Indian Railways to start Shramik Trains from May 1st, 2020. The key highlights of this initiative were:
- Almost 36 lakh people have benefited from the move since the special trains were started
- 10 days from 1st of March, operationalize 2600 more ‘shramik special’ trains in the next 10 days as per the requirements of various state governments.
- Shramik trains moved migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students, and other persons stranded at different places due to nationwide lockdown.
Precautions issued by Indian Railways to be taken while traveling in these trains
As it is safe to be in our hometown or destinations, but for this, we need to follow certain guidelines mandatory for traveling while in the station as well as onboarding train for your journey:
- The slab for the number for the passengers to travel is only 1700 in the Shramik trains
- Mandatory to maintain social distancing in trains
- Need to undergo proper screening before boarding
- On arrival, the State Government will have arranged for screening, quarantine and further travel from the
- railway station if necessary
- Mandatory to sanitize as and when necessary
- Mandatory to wear face masks
- The originating stations will offer adequate security to ensure that only passengers who are asymptomatic and cleared the screening will be allowed to travel.
Shramik special trains have ferried migrants to various places which include Barauni, Titlagarh, Hatia, Basti, Tiruchchirappalli, Khandwa, Khurda Road, Prayagraj, Gaya, Darbhanga, Jagannathpur, Chhapra, Purnia, Varanasi, Balia, Lucknow, Jaunpur, Katihar, Danapur, Gorakhpur, Muzaffarpur, Saharsa, etc. with necessary guidelines and precautions.
Food in train for Shramik train passengers
Food in train in the Shramik special trains was provided by the railways for a journey longer than 12 hours and the State Government distributed drinking water and food packets at the originating destinations. Despite these passengers complained about long delays with less food and water. It was said that trains stopped in the middle of the fields with all the food stall shut. Many of the passengers travelling had to share their grieving experiences.
Experience of a passenger about Shramik special trains of the Indian Railways: He boarded from a train in Bangalore, Karnataka at around 2.45 pm on May 20 and reached the destination in Darbhanga in Bihar four days later on May 24 at around 4 am. The 26-year-old passenger said he was familiar with the route and added that this trip did not usually take more than two days. With multiple stops, the train was running slowly and stopped in jungles or open fields. There was no supply of drinking water or food. This is one such experience, but many passengers had experiences and feared for their lives.
About Traveler Food
Traveler food offers online food delivery services throughout stations across India. In these tough times, to combat the pandemic outbreak, we offer food services by maintaining hygiene, following precautionary measures. We follow the necessary guidelines issued by the Indian Railways and can help passengers in procuring authentic food in train.
The Indian Government is doing its best to provide services to the needy, let’s stay safe and healthy and do our bit to support the cause. The Indian Railways have shuttled various passengers, approximately 48 lakh migrant workers in the Shramik special trains.