Railroad officials also insist that trains are the safest way to bring migrant workers home.
“India has performed exceptionally well in managing the spread of the disease compared to some of the financially more advanced countries in the world,” said DJ Narain, a spokesman for the Ministry of Railways.
In all, the government organized 4,621 animated Shramik specials More than 6 million people. As they exited the cities of India, which had become hotspots, many returnees took the virus with them, and yet they kept coming. Surat, an industrial center, has seen more than half a million train workers depart.
“I felt Judgment Day,” said Ram Singasan, a ticket collector. “When I saw the number of people crowded outside, it looked like the end of the world was coming.”
Lock opens a group exit
On March 24, at 8 p.m., Mr. Moody struck the shutdown switch. In a televised titleHe ordered the entire nation to stay indoors for three weeks – starting at four hours.
The decision was sincere for Modi: sudden, dramatic and resolute, like when he was suddenly eliminated. Almost 90 percent of Indian currency notes are in 2016, A measure he said was necessary to fight corruption but proved economically devastating.
Bravola and Rapendra Behera have just finished a dinner of rice, lentils and potatoes, their usual fare. They lived in miserable, naked rooms in the industrial area of Surat, sleeping from wall to wall on the floor with six other workers. Within minutes of Moody’s address, they began taking calls.
“Everyone was thinking the same way: This is going to end soon and somehow the days will go by,” said Rabindra.