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Karnataka Govt cancels Special Trains for Migrants

The Karnataka government on Tuesday has canceled all the special trains which were to ferry migrant workers to their home states following a meeting between Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and prominent builders of the state.

According to a Times of India report, N Manjunath Prasad, nodal officer for state’s inter-state travel has written a letter to Indian Railways saying Shramik Special trains will not be required from Wednesday.

According to the letter sent by N Manjunatha Prasad, the nodal officer for migrants in Karnataka, the train services scheduled to begin from Bengaluru to Dhanapur in Bihar at 9 am, 12 noon and 3 pm on May 6 were requested to be canceled. The cancellations were made even as thousands of migrants have been stranded in the city.

Earlier on Tuesday, representatives of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) had met CM Yediyurappa after which the CM said, “The COVID-19 situation is in control in Karnataka when compared to other states. Industrial, construction, and trade activities need to be resumed outside areas marked as red zones. Hence, laborers may avoid unnecessary travel back to their natives.”

The government said many migrant laborers had already left and those still in the state were now needed since construction activities are resuming.

The party’s Bengaluru MP Tejasvi Surya hailed the move of Mr. Yeddyurappa, claiming it would help the state emerge stronger. “Stoppage of inter-state trains by Sri @BSYBJP is a bold and necessary move. It will help migrant laborers who came here with hopes of a better life to restart their dreams. Also, it will kickstart economic activities full throttle. Karnataka will emerge out of this stronger!”

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