Amid polls, festivals, migrants continue to leave Bihar -Avishek G Dastidar
-The Indian Express
Railways has introduced clone trains to replicate services with a long waiting list. Out of the 40 such trains, around 24 are from stations in Bihar.
Even as the Opposition in Bihar tries to make the plight of migrant workers an election issue, train passenger data shows high occupancy rates on routes connecting the state with destinations that rely heavily on migrant labour. The demand has been such that most of the ‘clone’ trains that the Railways has been running to clear the rush on crowded routes have an occupancy of 104-134 per cent, as per latest data reviewed by The Indian Express.
“It was initially thought that migrants who have gone back to their villages would probably stay put till Chhath. But data show that is not the case. They are going back to their jobs,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.
Out of the 40 clone trains the Railways is running so far, around 24 are on these routes. In addition to this, the festive special services post November 15 from Bihar are also booked out.
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The Indian Express, 23 October, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/elections/bihar-migrants-assembly-polls-clone-train-6832680/