The special trains taking lakhs of stranded migrant workers back home during the coronavirus lockdown will now run at full capacity, the Railways said on Monday. The 'Shramik Special' trains will also have three stops in the destination state apart from the final stop on the request made by states, the Railways statement said..
The capacity of passengers in each train should be equal to the number of sleeper berths, it said.
Middle berths too will be allotted to passengers in the special trains, unlike earlier.
The 'Shramik Special' trains have 24 coaches with a capacity to carry 72 passengers in each coach. Currently, these trains are running with 54 passengers in each coach due to social distancing norms. So far, the Railways have ferried over 5 lakh passengers since May 1.
'The Railways has a capacity to run 300 trains per day and we want to maximise it. We want to carry as many migrants home as possible over the next few days and have appealed to states to send approvals,' a senior official was quoted as saying.
Earlier, the Railways had issued a set of guidelines for its zones, saying the trains should have at least 90 per cent occupancy to operate and ensure social distancing.