1,650 migrants leave for Bihar in Shramik Special train from Mumbai’s CST railway station | Mumbai News


MUMBAI: More than 1,600 men, women and children looked visibly happy once they reached the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station and sat in the queue to take a train to their hometown on Tuesday noon. They had come from various parts of south Mumbai to take a train for Katihar railway junction in Bihar.
The police, with the help of several NGOs, had arranged food and accommodation for many of them in schools in south Mumbai during the nationwide lockdown due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The migrants worked in metal manufacturing and designing shops, gold, silver and other jewellery polishing units and many others did odd jobs for a livelihood.
Though the train was scheduled to leave at 5pm, all the passengers had already reached the railway station in 35 BEST buses between 12pm and 12.30pm. Their medical certificate, police certificate and Aadhar cards were examined by the railway police before allowing them to step into the special train. As the train moved, many of them were peeping from windows, children standing near the window, and some thanked the police with folded hands and tears in eyes.
DCP Rajiv Jain, head of zone-II police stations who personally monitored the situation, said, “Today 1,650 passengers have left. Most of them are migrant workers form Bihar and their families. Besides this, there were people staying as roommates in sharing rooms, chawls, and workplaces. This is the first train for Bihar from my zone and second train will be leaving today evening with another 1,600 passengers,” said DCP Jain. All the deputy police commissioners have been appointed as Nodal Officers during the pandemic.
“We register all the migrant workers in respective zones who want to go home. Our police stations collect their name, mobile number, Aadhar card details etc. Later, a proposal to the concerned state is sent to take their approval. After reviewing the situation, the other state gives its NOC to us. We then compile a proposal to the railways and attach the other state’s NOC letter as well. As per our letter, trains are arranged for the migrant workers. We call all the community / group leaders and inform them about the permission for train. We ask them to come to police station form where we bring them to the railway station in buses,” said an officer.
The migrant workers in the first batch for Bihar train, were brought from different police stations’ jurisdiction, where they worked or stayed.
“In last one week, around 13,000 workers left by train and around 4,000 by bus or bikes for various locations from my zone,” said Jain, who is in-charge of areas like Grant Road, Gamdevi, Zaveri Bazaar, Kalbadevi, VP Road, Malabar Hill etc. Most of the migrant workers worked in Zaveri Bazar’s Bhuleshwar area,. V P Road’s metal market and Grant Road.
The cops were in touch with most of the migrant workers’ group/community leaders during these days for a better communication and arrangement of transportation.
In the last one week, six trains departed for UP with migrant workers from zone-II, a train left for West Bengal on May 17 and around 18,000 migrant workers have already left. There are around 12,000 more migrant workers and their families and arrangements are being made for them who want to go to their native states.

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