12 trains to depart daily from Ludhiana to other states
Each train would now have capacity of 1600: deputy commissioner
Ludhiana: To take the migrants to their home states, the number of trains from district Ludhiana is being increased. From now on, 12 trains would depart for other states daily and now, each train would have a capacity of 1600. This information was provided by Deputy Commissioner Mr Pradeep Kumar Agrawal during a meeting at Guru Nanak Stadium, here today.
Mr Agrawal said that till date, 1.35 lakh migrants have left for their respective home states from district Ludhiana and the first special train in this regard had departed from Ludhiana on May 5, 2020.
It is pertinent to mention that besides Ludhiana, trains are also departing from Jalandhar, Patiala, Ajitgarh (Mohali), Amritsar, Ferozepur, Sirhand and Bathinda on daily basis and each train carried around 1200 migrants. Till date, the Punjab government has sent trains to states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and other states.
Mr Pradeep Kumar Agrawal stated that more than 8 lakh people from other states have applied to go to their home states from Ludhiana. In a good news, now many of them do not want to leave for their home states because they have returned back to their jobs since the day industry started its operations in Ludhiana. He said that in the coming days, District Administration would be increasing the frequency of trains. He said that the Punjab government is also sending migrants to nearby states by buses now.
He further informed that the Punjab government is paying for travel, food, water and pickup service from designated points. He informed that the medical screening of all passengers is being done after which, they are issued medical certificates by the District Administration. He further said that the Punjab government is in constant touch with the other states and more trains would be started in coming days so that maximum number of people can be sent to their home states.
He informed that to bring in transparency and increase efficiency, the District Administration Ludhiana has a barcode on the medical slip, which is being issued to the passengers. He informed that the barcode is scanned when the passenger reaches Guru Nanak Stadium for screening and getting tickets. He also thanked other officials for conducting the smooth operation of trains. /(May 21)