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MUMBAI: Passengers of the LTT-Basti train that reached its destination after almost four days claimed they were given food and water only once after the train left LTT.
A passenger, Naseem Ali, told TOI, “At times, the train halted in forests for hours on end. What can you find in a forest? There was very little food with us. Also, not many of us could afford to buy food for so many days.” Ali, who lives at Cheeta Camp, said, “Children on the train were restless. We didn’t have a bath in this weather for four days.”
Railway Board chairman Vinod K Yadav told journalists on Saturday, “Nearly 80% Shramik Special trains are terminating in UP and Bihar. This has resulted in congestion on the direct routes, necessitating diversions.” Railway officials say congestion at terminals too is to blame. The railways plans to operate 2,600 Shramik Specials in the next 10 days to ferry around 36 lakh migrant workers from the states where they work to their home states.