Ranchi, May 2 (IANS) The ‘Shramik Special Train’ carrying migrant workers from Telangana to Jharkhand arrived at Hatia railway station here, officials said on Saturday.
Around 1200 migrant and stranded labourers of the native state were welcomed with rose petals, face masks, packaged food and water upon arrival.
Thermal screening and registration of all the workers who de-boarded the train were carried out at Hatia Railway station itself.
Workers, who were stranded in other states after the train services were halted after the nationwide lockdown came into force, are now rushing to their homes. Most of the labourers who reached Ranchi were from Garhwa district.
All the labourers were sent from Hatia station in sanitized buses to their home districts with full precaution.
These labourers were welcomed at Hatia station after de-boarding from train late night on Friday. State government officials gave them roses and arranged food for them. During the process, the rules of social distancing were followed.
Deputy Commissioner of Ranchi, Mahimapat Ray said, “They were first tested at the station. After that, they are sent homes by buses. They will also be investigated in their district. If anyone shows symptoms of coronavirus, they will be quarantined.”
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren also welcomed the workers and tweeted: “Friends, today the first train from Telangana has reached Hatia station in Ranchi. Government officials, health workers and police personnel are helping all the people. Many congratulations to all the people of Jharkhand for this happy moment.”