Hyderabad: Within hours of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao announcing that 40 special trains would run to facilitate travel of migrant workers stranded in different parts of the state, a first train left the city in the wee hours of Tuesday from Ghatkesar railway station, carrying 1,250 migrant workers to Khagaria in Bihar.
The train started at 3.05 am and all the workers were provided with breakfast and water bottles. Thermal screening was done and other protocols were completed.
Rachakonda commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat, along with Medchal collector V. Venkateswarlu and other officials from different departments and railways, flagged off the train.
Meanwhile, around 300 migrant workers, belonging to Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand, have also started off to their places in special buses provided by the government. All these workers have been residing in Golconda and surrounding areas.
Migrant workers stranded in different parts of the state have been protesting to be sent to their home during the lockdown.
After reviewing the problems faced by them, KCR announced to run special trains for their travel. While 40 trains would start from Telangana in a week, only one train started from Ghatkesar till Tuesday noon.
Meanwhile, after getting to know about the decision, migrant workers started queuing up at the police stations, to register themselves for home travel.
While the police department was accepting registrations, there was no clarity from the railway department on the movement of the next train.