Crowds of migrant workers waiting to board trains in Mumbai

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The states and UTs will have to communicate with the Union government if they want to impose a local lockdown outside the containment zones. | Representative photo: PTI

Hundreds of migrant labourers were seen outside major railway stations in Mumbai and in surrounding region on Tuesday (May 26), expecting to board north-bound trains.

Crowds of men, women and children were seen outside Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Bandra, Borivali and Panvel stations. Shramik speicial trains were scheduled to leave from these stations, a police official said, admitting that it was
impossible to enforce social distancing in such situations. Police were deployed in large numbers at all these stations, he added.

NCP leader and Maharashtra Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik claimed that the railway ministry had earlier promised 49 trains from LTT – from where many Bihar and UP-
bound trains normally leave. However, railway officials later said only 16 trains will depart, which led to swelling of crowd, Malik alleged.

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