Panaji, May 21 (IANS) Six trains carrying migrant workers are expected to leave Goa for the Ballia district in UP on Friday, according to state Information and Publicity Secretary Sanjay Kumar, here on Thursday.
“We will be conducting the largest evacuation with departure of trains from Goa tomorrow (Friday). Six trains will leave for the Ballia district,” Kumar said.
In all, 1.25 lakh migrant workers registered on the state government's portal for leaving Goa. Of this, 36,000 have left in trains and buses arranged by the governments of Goa and the destination state. Most exiting migrant workers hail from Karnataka, UP and Bihar.
On Thursday, three trains left for Ballia and Varanasi (both in UP) ferrying nearly 3,000 passengers. One train is scheduled to leave for Manipur and Tripura with 817 passengers.
On the number of Covid-19 cases, Kumar said a couple who had travelled by train from Mumbai to Goa tested coronavirus positive on Thursday, taking the state's tally of active cases to 45.