As many as 1,050 migrant workers, stranded in the city after a national lockdown was announced to curb the spread of Covid-19, left for Madhya Pradesh’s Chhatarpur on Thursday evening on board a special train from New Delhi. These men, women and children were among Delhi’s first batch of stranded workers who left the city for their home state under a government order that allows for inter-state movement of stranded individuals by buses and trains to be arranged by the state governments concerned. A Delhi government official associated with the operation said the city currently has at least 18,000 migrant workers lodged in 240-odd shelters operated by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), where they share space with other homeless people, and around as many small and large temporary shelter camps run by the district administrations.“First train carrying 1050 migrants from Delhi left for Chattarpur, MP, today at 8 pm. A series of such trains would be carrying migrants to different parts of India in the coming days,” said Delhi’s revenue and transport minister Kailash Gahlot. In the next three days, more special trains are expected to depart for Uttar Pradesh and Bihar — states… Read full this story
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