Kozhikode: Two special trains will take migrant workers from Kozhikode railway station to their native states on Wednesday. The trains will depart to Katihar in Bihar and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh at 5 pm and 8 pm respectively, informed the railway manager.
The train to Bihar will carry 1,197 workers from Thamarassery taluk. 402 passengers from Kozhikode and migrant workers who were stranded in Kannur and Malappuram districts will be on board the train to Madhya Pradesh.
Migrant workers had staged a protest after the railways cancelled the train to Bihar on Tuesday. The district authorities arranged KSRTC buses to take the migrant labourers to the railway station.
The second team of migrant workers, who were stranded in Malappuram district following the lockdown, will leave for their native in the special train from Kozhikode.
368 Madhya Pradesh natives who were stranded in various parts of Kozhikode were taken to the railway station in 10 KSRTC buses. Medical check-up for the migrant workers were carried out in respective centres and the district authority ensured all arrangements including food as per the COVID-19 protocol before taking them to the railway station.
Earlier, the police had prepared the list of the migrant workers who wanted to return home amid the lockdown. As per this list, workers from Kondotty, Tirurangadi, Tirur and Eranad taluks in Malappuram district were taken to their native states.
Migrant workers in Kondotty taluk had registration and health check-up at the Government Vocational Higher Secondary School in Melangadi. Registration and health check-up for those who were stranded in Tirur and Tirurangadi taluk were held at Chelari Vocational Higher Secondary School. Migrant workers from Eranad Taluk completed registration and health check-up at Kacheripady Boys Higher Secondary School.
Supply of masks and arrangements for the migrant workers to wash hands were set up at the centres. After the health check-up, food for breakfast, lunch and dinner and drinking water were provided to all before leaving the centre.
Medical counters that included a doctor, junior health inspector and junior public health nurse were arranged in each centre for the health check-up.
Police officials were also deployed at the centres to ensure that social distancing was strictly maintained.