New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A special non-stop train, carrying around 1,200 migrants stranded by the nationwide lockdownbegan its journey on Friday from Lingampally in Telangana to Hatia in Jharkhand, said the Railway officials.

The Railway official said that the train started its journey at 4.50 am in the morning and will reach Hatia around 11 pm tonight.

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"Special train was run today from Lingampalli (Hyderabad) to Hatia (Jharkhand) on request of Telangana government and as per directions of Railway Ministry. Any other train to be planned as per directions of Ministry of Railways and on request from originating and destination states," Railway officials said, as reported by news agency ANI.

Earlier on Friday, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren confirmed that the central government has accepted the state's demand to bring back stranded workers and it will soon start working on it to bring them back safely.

"Just as students studying in other states are important to us, similarly migrant workers from the state are equally important. Security of each Jharkhand is your government's priority," Soren had tweeted. 

The Jharkhand officials have also said that the state government has made adequate arrangements for the testing and quarantine of the migrants returning to the state from the special non-stop train.

The Railways have suspended the passenger, mail and express train services in order to control the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country.

This comes two days after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued guidelines allowing interstate travel for stranded migrants, students and labourers.

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Following the central government's order, Punjab, Bihar, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and several other states had asked for trains for the migrants. The Centre, however, had asked the states to make arrangement for the stranded migrants.

"Due to lockdown, migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons are stranded at different places. They would be allowed to move," the MHA had said in its order.

In case a group of stranded persons wish to move between one state and union territory and another state and union territory, the sending and receiving states may consult each other and mutually agree to the movement by road, the MHA had said.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma