CHANDIGARH: Six trains will ply from Haryana to Bihar on Tuesday carrying stranded migrant workers even as Punjab is yet to finalise dates and stations from where it needs the Shramik specials.

The special trains will ply on Tuesday from Hisar to Katihar (fare Rs 665 per person), Ambala to Katihar (fare Rs 670), Rohtak to Kaithar (fare Rs 630), Ambala to Bhagalpur (fare Rs 620), Hisar to Muzaffarpur (fare Rs 580) and Bhiwani to Son (fare Rs 590).

“Permission has been given to ply two trains from Ambala, two from Hisar, one from Bhiwani and one from Rohtak for stranded migrant workers,” said G M Singh, Divisional Railway Manager, Ambala division.
Haryana, in a statement issued late on Monday night, said it would send migrant workers of Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh to their home states free of cost by special Shramik trains. As the number of migrant workers from remaining states is few in Haryana, their return will be ensured via special trains running from New Delhi.

Chandigarh admn pruning travel list

The Chandigarh administration has informed the Ambala DRM office that it requires special trains to Bihar for 22,000 migrants and to Uttar Pardesh for 15,000 migrants.

The Chandigarh administration is pruning the list as the railways, according to sources, is only allowing stranded migrants to board these trains and not those who have Aadhar or ration cards issued in the city.

Punjab is likely to finalise trains from Sirhind and Patiala along with Amritsar, Ludhiana and Bathinda. Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar said since it is a Congress government, chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on his own has decided that the Punjab government will pay the fare for anybody who want to return to his or her home from Punjab.”