Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa met with leading property developers of the state, and few hours after he met them, the government has decided to cancel all trains that were to ferry migrant workers to their home town from Wednesday, 6 May.
Amid the lockdown, stranded migrant workers are to be rescued by special trains launched by the railways. The nationwide lockdown imposed due to COVID-19 disease has been extended for two more weeks.
The central government has allowed the movement of migrant workers through ‘Shramik Express’, a special train launched by railways.
The Indian Railways have been sent a written message by the government of Karnataka to cancel all the special trains that were scheduled from Wednesday.
This decision comes even as several migrant workers are struggling to find a train to return home.
The Quint has reported that a letter written by N Manjunath Prasad has been accessed by them. N Manjunath Prasad is a nodal officer. The letter was for inter-state travel from the state which claimed that no more trains were required, as reported by The Quint. The state had previously written a letter which had requested the running of three special trains on 6 May, and the officer had said that this service of the special train is no longer required, reported The Quint.
The Quint reported that according to a senior government official no reason was given for action taken to withdraw the services of special trains. It further reported the saying of the officer that this decision was taken following a meeting with the representatives of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations of India (CREDAI).
In the meeting, the official said that the government had decided that migrant workers were needed to revive the state’s economy.
Following this decision, the two trains that left for Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand on Tuesday from Bengaluru became the last trains that took back migrant workers to their home states.
Another senior official claimed that those who booked tickets on trains have left. However, as reported by The Quint when they visited the Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) which is a transit center, several workers were seen unable to get on a train.