First train carrying migrant workers in Kerala to leave for Odisha, no stops en route

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KOCHI: The first train carrying migrant labourers stuck in Kerala will leave at 6 pm with around 1,200 persons from Aluva to Odisha. The train will have no stops anywhere and will be transporting labourers who had registered themselves with the State Labour Department.

“The people being transported are those living in Perumbavoor and Aluva,” said an official from the labour department. The migrants will be transported to their respective areas within the state, he added. “This is to prevent violation of lockdown rules,” said the official.

According to him, a decision on arranging transportation of labourers from other states will be taken in the coming days. “As for the people being allowed to board the train, only those who have cleared the COVID-19 tests will get to board,” said the official.

The seating has been arranged adhering to social distancing norms. Facilities to conduct COVID-19 tests have also been arranged at the railway station. According to railway authorities, the entire process is being managed by the state government.

“We are conducting the service as per the request of the state government based on the direction given by the Union Ministry of Railways. The state government decides the destination, selects the passengers and takes care of their transportation to the railway station,” said the railway official.

“It should be noted that the ticket counters won’t be functioning at the railway station,” the official added. More trains will be run as per the state government’s demand.

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