West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked the railway ministry to not send Shramik Special trains to the state till May 26 in sight of Cyclone Amphan. during a letter to Chairman of Railway board VK Yadav, West Bengal Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha stated that cyclone Amphan has caused extensive damage within the state.
She mentioned that because the district administrations are currently involved in relief and rehabilitation work following the super cyclone Amphan, the state wouldn't be ready to receive the Shramik Special trains that ferry migrants, stuck in other states thanks to coronavirus-induced lockdown, to their native states.
"As the district administrations are involved in relief and rehabilitation works, it'll not be possible to receive special trains for subsequent few days. It is, therefore, requested that no train should be sent to West Bengal till May 26," she said.
At least 80 people lost their lives within the calamity which made landfall between Digha, West Bengal, and Hatia island in Bangladesh on Wednesday, leaving a trail of destruction. With normal life thrown out of drugs by the region's worst weather disaster, the authorities are scrambling to revive normalcy.
West Bengal has received the smallest amount number of Shramik Special trains since such service began to ferry migrant labourers back home amid the coronavirus-forced lockdown. So far, over 2,000 Shramik Special trains are operated since May Day ferrying over 31 lakh migrant workers. Around 25 trains have terminated in Bengal thus far .