Speaking on the participation of private entities in running passenger trains, Railway Board Chairman, Vinod Kumar Yadav on July 02 informed that 5 per cent of the trains have been offered to private players under Public-Private Partnership. "5% is being offered to private operators under Public-Private Partnership (PPP), 95% trains will be run by Indian Railways. Majority of trains will be manufactured in India. Private train operators will fix fare keeping in mind fares of airlines and AC buses," said Railway Board Chairman.
Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav informed that 4,286 shramik special trains carrying over 58 lakh migrants operated till now. "4,286 shramik special trains carrying over 58 lakh migrants to their destined places have been operated till now. The demand for these trains has decreased from 250 to about 137 per day. We operated 56 trains in the last 2 days," said Yadav.
The Railway Board doesn't have any data on deaths of migrant workers during repatriation. "The deaths are very unfortunate, but right now I don't have any data," said Chairman of Railway Board Vinod Kumar Yadav. There were media reports that one of the migrant worker died due to hunger at Railway station, however the exact cause of the death remain unknown.
The Chairman of Railway Board, Vinod Kumar Yadav commented on the food and water facilities in the 'Shramik' special trains. "State governments provided food and water at starting stations. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) and Railway Divisions arranged meals and water for migrants at train's en-route" said Vinod Kumar Yadav. The chairman made this statement over the media reports, that migrant workers are not getting food and water in special trains. "We are trying our best in resolving issues and supplying food and water to all passengers, despite the difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic," Yadav added.
Two alleged gang members of Vikas Dubey have been taken into judicial custody till July 21. They were arrested by Maharashtra's anti-terrorism squad (ATS) from Thane. Both of them are accused in the killing of eight policemen on the July 03 in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur. The main accused of the shootout gangster Vikas Dubey was killed in an encounter at the outskirts of Kanpur on July 10.
Special 'Ardaas' was performed at Gurudwara Yahiyaganj for Amitabh Bachchan's good health in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow on July 12. Actor Amitabh Bachchan and son Abhishek tested COVID-19 positive on July 11. Gurudwara Yahiyaganj's Secretary, Manmohan Singh Happy said, "May God heal them fast and save them and the whole world from this pandemic." Meanwhile in Kolkata, actor's fan club organised 'Yajna' for Big-B's speedy recovery. The 'Yajna' will be continued till Amitabh Bachchan's recovers. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya were also tested positive on July 12 while COVID-19 report of Jaya Bachchan was negative.
The annual flood in Bihar has again forced poor people out of their homes. Several areas submerged in the flood water. The water level has increased in Bagmati River due to heavy rain. The villagers said they have not got any relief or food materials from administration yet. Villagers are facing several troubles to be alive. A villager said, "The whole area submerged in water, we have not received any food materials from administration yet. To save our lives, we have to run away from our home as water level going to increase here in coming days."Bagmati River is in spate due to continuous rains and water released by Nepal.