COVID-19: Bengal govt to bring back over 31,000 people in trains from other states

The West Bengal government is planning to bring back around 31,224 people who are stranded in other states due to the nationwide lockdown. The government is holding talks with the state governments of Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Punjab where these people are stranded, according to report in The Times of India.

People stranded in other states include migrant workers, tourists, students, patients and their families. Eight trains have been arranged so far for bringing them back.

Three trains are scheduled to leave Bengaluru in Karnataka on Saturday. The first train is expected to carry 527 people to Jhargram and 1,347 to Bankura. The second train is to carry over 3,117 people to Cooch Behar and 550 others who are from various districts of north Bengal. This train will stop at New Jalpaiguri. The third train will bring back 1,244 people to Purulia, 590 to Birbhum and 196 to East Burdwan. The trains are expected to reach West Bengal on Sunday.

Two trains will carry patients and their families from Vellore in Tamil Nadu. One of the trains will reach Kharagpur and the other will reach Howrah. The trains are expected to start on Monday and reach on Tuesday with around 2,418 passengers.

Another train will bring back over 17,200 migrant workers from Hyderabad. These workers are from various districts in West Bengal such as Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia, East and West Midnapore, Bankura and North and South 24 Parganas.

Two trains from Punjab have been arranged for those who are from Bandel and Durgapur. The train for Bandel will leave on Sunday and is expected to reach West Bengal on Monday. The one for Durgapur will carry around 2,613 passengers and will leave Punjab on Monday.

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