Mumbai: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan wrote a letter to his West Bengal counterpart Mamta Banerjee, requesting her to request the Railway Ministry for a special labor train between Indore and Kolkata, to enable the return of migrant workers from Bengal, who are stuck in different districts due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown.
“The city of Indore in Madhya Pradesh is a major hub for industries, businesses, and educational activities. A large number of migrant workers from various districts of West Bengal work in Indore. Due to the lockdown, these migrant workers want to return to their places of origin. But due to long distances and lack of government transport for traffic, they are moving on private vehicles to their home states, which is not an expensive, inconvenient and safe option,” Chouhan wrote in a letter to Banerjee.
“Therefore, please write to the Ministry of Railways to run a special train between Indore and Kolkata for the benefit of the migrant workers of West Bengal who want to return home from Indore,” the letter said.
The government has allowed the operation of labor-specific trains for the purpose of repatriation of people stranded amidst coronavirus lockdowns, which has now been extended to 31 May.