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Centre-Maharashtra tiff widens over Shramik Special trains

As the political tiff between Railways and Maharashtra government has refused to die down, thousands of migrants were looking for alternate ways to make their way out of Maharashtra.

In Wadala migrants were seen gathered at a ground, waiting for buses to ferry them to the railway station.

Piyush Goyal Union Railway Minister tweeted that the Railways had planned 145 trains for Tuesday but only 13 trains could be run till 3.00 pm due to lack of passengers.

Shramik Special trains had to be cancelled because the railways accused the state of not providing details of the passengers.

A statement issued by the Railways said “Out of these 41 trains, only 39 trains could run as passengers could not be brought by local authorities and these two trains had to be cancelled. After meticulous planning and sustained effort, the Railways mobilised its resources at a very short notice and prepared 145 Shramik trains to depart from Maharashtra on May 26,”

“Till 12 noon, 25 trains were planned from Maharashtra to run but no departure could happen due to lack of passengers. Boarding of the first train could only commence at CSMT at 12.30 pm,” it said.

The Railway and State government has engaged in a war of words, over the last couple of days with the former alleging that the Railways has not provided enough trains to the state to ferry migrants to their respective states.

Goyal on Sunday night said that the Railways was ready to provide 125 Shramik Special trains to the state.

Goyal tweeted “Since you have said that you have a list ready that is why I am requesting you to please provide all information like from where the train will run, the list of passengers according to the trains, their medical certificate and where the train is to go, to the General Manager of Central Railway within the next hour, so that we can plan the time of trains,”

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut Commenting on it tweeted “Maharashtra government has given you a list of workers who wish to return home. The only request is that the train should reach the station, as announced earlier.”

Meanwhile on Tuesday, heavy rush was also seen at Dharavi,a covid-19 hotspot, as hundreds of migrnants made their way to Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus, to leave the city.

-Davinder Panesar, NMTV News


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