Mumbai: As many as 93 Shramik Special trains carrying over 1.35 lakh migrant labourers left from Maharashtra to ferry them to their native states, an official said on Wednesday.
The trains were arranged from various stations in Maharashtra from Tuesday evening for taking the migrant workers and other stranded people to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and other states, a Government Railway Police (GRP) official said.
These included a train carrying 1,547 migrants which left for Ajmer in Rajasthan from the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) in suburban Kurla at 9.10 am on Wednesday, he said.
"So far, 93 trains have left since Tuesday evening for Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Rajasthan and other states. These trains carried more than 1.35 lakh stranded people and migrant labourers," he said.
On Wednesday morning, there was a huge crowd of migrant workers and others stranded people at the Sun City ground in neighbouring Palghar district and at LTT in Mumbai.
Earlier, around midnight, hundreds of people gathered at Nagpada junction in south Mumbai, demanding that trains be arranged to take them to their native places.
The crowd later dispersed following appeals from police and local leaders, another official said.
On Tuesday night, huge crowds of migrant labourers, including women and children, were seen outside major railway stations like LTT, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in south Mumbai, Bandra, Borivali, and Panvel station in neighbouring Navi Mumbai, to board the Shramik Special trains scheduled to leave from there.
A police official admitted that it was impossible to enforce social distancing in such situations.
Most of these people were brought to the stations in civic, state-run buses and private vehicles, he said.
Police were deployed in large numbers at all these stations, the official said.