An RTI query by activist Ajay Bose has revealed that Indian Railways earned Rs 428 Crore till Juner 29th ‘Shramik Special Trains’ during the COVID-19 induced lockdown. Special trains were run to transport migrant workers across the country from May 1st, 2020.
Indian Railways also earned an additional revenue of 1 Crore in the month of July talking the revenue earned through the Shramik Special Trains to Rs 429 Crores.
According to the estimates, 63 lakh migrants took the Shramik Special Trains to reach their homes.
Railways spent Rs 2,142 crore on Shramik Special trains for ferrying stranded migrant workers home during COVID-19 lockdown but earned revenue of Rs 429 crore: official data
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The Railways had operated a total of 4615 ‘Shramik Special Trains’ from 1st May to 9th of July out of which 4109, 493, and 13 trains ran in the month of May, June, and July respectively.
The decision to start trains was taken after thousands of migrants took to walking, cycling, and other means to reach home when the nation-wide lockdown was imposed. The last of Shramik Special Train ran on July 9th.