COVID-19: Special Train Carrying More Than Thousand Migrants Leave For Bhubaneswar

India | | May 1, 2020, 11:37 pm
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 t was the time they have been waiting for quite a while: kids, women, youth and men all were seen in a cheerful mood as they stood in a queue to enter the Aluva station to board a non-stop train to Odisha's capital Bhubaneswar. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)
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t was the time they have been waiting for quite a while: kids, women, youth and men all were seen in a cheerful mood as they stood in a queue to enter the Aluva station to board a non-stop train to Odisha's capital Bhubaneswar. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)

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 The train was scheduled to leave at 6 p.m, but owing to delay in the registration process, it was delayed by a couple of hours or more. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)
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The train was scheduled to leave at 6 p.m, but owing to delay in the registration process, it was delayed by a couple of hours or more. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)

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"I have been here for the past eight years, but now we are all returning to our home-town. Along with me is my full family of two kids and my wife... We are scared of coronavirus. We are thankful to all who have made this happen," said an Oriya man waiting in the queue. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)

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"We never thought our return would happen so quickly. We are happy to go back," said another youth. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)

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 Meanwhile, as the news surfaced about the train service resuming on Friday morning, the Aluva station was besieged by migrant labourers enquiring about trains' schedule. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)
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Meanwhile, as the news surfaced about the train service resuming on Friday morning, the Aluva station was besieged by migrant labourers enquiring about trains' schedule. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)

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 All of them were told politely that everybody would be taken on board and that none should create a scene. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)
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All of them were told politely that everybody would be taken on board and that none should create a scene. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)

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 At Perambavoor, which has the highest number of migrant labourers, the health and police authorities had opened four registrations counters and those wanting to return stood in a queue for registration. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)
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At Perambavoor, which has the highest number of migrant labourers, the health and police authorities had opened four registrations counters and those wanting to return stood in a queue for registration. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)

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"There are some more seats to be filled, but the counter will close soon and then those who have been given a token to travel will be asked to board a state-owned bus which will drop them at the Aluva railway station," said a police officer overseeing the registration. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)

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 Migrant workers board the special train to Bhubaneswar from Kerala. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)
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Migrant workers board the special train to Bhubaneswar from Kerala. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)

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 Migrant workers waiting to board the train in Kerala. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)
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Migrant workers waiting to board the train in Kerala. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)

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 Migrant workers board the special train to Bhubaneswar from Kerala. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)
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Migrant workers board the special train to Bhubaneswar from Kerala. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)

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 Migrant workers board the special train to Bhubaneswar from Kerala. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)
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Migrant workers board the special train to Bhubaneswar from Kerala. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)

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 Migrant workers waiting to board the train in Kerala. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)
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Migrant workers waiting to board the train in Kerala. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)

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 Migrant workers board the special train to Bhubaneswar from Kerala. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)
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Migrant workers board the special train to Bhubaneswar from Kerala. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)

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 Migrant workers board the special train to Bhubaneswar from Kerala. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)
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Migrant workers board the special train to Bhubaneswar from Kerala. (Image: I&PRD Kerala)

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