TN workers stuck in Maharashtra reach Trichy by special train

Chennai: Nearly 1,000 workers from Tamil Nadu, stranded in Maharashtra, reached Tiruchirappalli on Sunday by a special train, a senior Southern Railway official said.

As workers belonging to other states and stuck in Tamil Nadu have been leaving for their respective states, 969 men arrived at Tiruchirappalli from Pandharpur in Maharashtra.

“Shramik Special from Pandharpur (Maharashtra) arrived at Trichy at 11:50 am with 969 passengers belonging to Tamilnadu. District and Railway authorities received them after letting them go through health formalities. They proceeded to their native districts by buses arranged by the district officials,” Southern Railway General Manager said on his twitter handle.

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On Saturday, special trains were operated from a couple of cities in Tamil Nadu to various destinations.

A train left for Jagannathpur in Odisha from here with 1,038 passengers, and another ferrying 1,126 people to Danapur in Bihar departed from Katpadi (Vellore).

Also, 2,280 people (1,140 passengers in each train) began their journey to Jaunpur and Akbarpur, both in Uttar Pradesh, by two separate trains from Coimbatore.

On May 8, a train was operated to Saharsa in Bihar from Coimbatore with 1,140 guest workers.

“Wish all of them have a safe journey. I am glad they will be with their family soon,” Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami had said.

Thermal screening of passengers was done at the railway stations and people were requested to maintain individual distancing throughout their journey.

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