A few hours after Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa ‘requested’ migrant labourers to stay back, the state government decided to cancel all trains arranged to transport migrants to other states. The state government wrote to the South Western Railway withdrawing their request to arrange for train services scheduled for Wednesday.
CREDAI representatives had informed the CM that labourers were falling for rumours resulting in them rushing back home. This was likely to impact on economic activity.
Even as 1199 passengers boarded the Shramik Special train from Chikkabanavara railway station on the outskirts of the city, several others who walked over 35 kilometres to reach the railway station were stopped near approach roads as they had not pre-registered.
Government said that norms are that industrial, construction, and trade activities need to be resumed outside areas marked as red zones. Hence, labourers may avoid unnecessary travel back to their natives.