Tamil Nadu, May 30 2020 : The Southern Railway plans four non-airconditioned trains especially for stranded people in Tamil Nadu.
The Coimbatore- Mayiladuthurai, Coimbatore- Katpadi, Kanyakumari- Tiruchi and Madurai- Villupuram express trains will run on June 1 to clear the backlog of people stranded in various parts of Tamil Nadu.
They were stranded owing to suspension of public road transport as well as train services since March 22 when the first lockdown was clamped to contain the spread of Covid virus.
The country is into fourth lockdown and it's due for extension possibly for another two weeks from June 1.
Despite the continuous shutdown, the number of Covid cases has crossed one lakh nationally. Tamil Nadu is the second worst affected with over 20,000 cases and 154 deaths.
The Southern Railway ran the same pair of trains between Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, Madurai and Tiruchy to take the stranded passengers home last month also.
Like last time, the trains have again avoided Chennai like a plague as it has over 12,000 cases and it shows no signs of abating.
While intra-state services are regulated, the railways have brought to Chennai thousands of stranded migrants workers from Delhi and Mumbai.
Still, the number of those under railway quarantine is not all that high. So is the case with Indians who have been brought back under the Vande Bharat mission. Those under airport quarantine are just over 100.
Other train and air passengers have been placed under home quarantine.
Still the government wants to play it safe and it has requested the Southern Railways to run trains within the State but stay away from Chennai for now.