Since May 1, the railways has run 4,436 Shramik Special trains and transported more than 62 lakh migrant workers to their home states.
A railway spokesperson said the Railways also spent Rs 3,400 per Shramik train passenger and incurred a total loss of around Rs 2,040 crore in running these trains.
The demand for Shramik Express was as high as 255 trains daily as on May 26, with 40% of the trains headed to UP, and 36% to Bihar.
The statement by the solicitor general assumes significance in view of the allegations that many people had died on-board Shramik Special trains which were deployed to ferry migrant workers back home.
The Railways, which is running over 200 Shramik Special trains on an average, has the capacity to complete the demand of 321 trains in the next two days, the sources said.
In the order issued to the general managers of its zones, the board said punctuality needs to be enforced in the operations of these trains.
North Central Railways has claimed that the labourer underwent medical screening before boarding the train as per protocol, and that neither him nor anyone else on his behalf had sought any medical assistance
The top five states/union territories from where maximum trains originated are Gujarat (897), Maharashtra (590), Punjab (358), Uttar Pradesh (232), Delhi (200).
Hundreds of migrant workers had boarded the special train on Thursday from Vasai Road in Maharashtra for Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and were baffled when it arrived at Rourkela.
The initial estimation of migrant workers to be transported back to their home towns were based on details provided by various state governments to the zonal offices of the Railways in late April when it was deciding on protocols to run the special trains, officials said.
"Within the next 2 days Indian Railways will double the number of Shramik Special Trains to 400 per day. All migrants are requested to stay where they are, Indian Railways will get them back home over the next few days,” said Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in a tweet.
The statement from a spokesperson of the railways came hours after the Central government issued a standard operating procedure which said that for running the Shramik Special trains, permission will be given by the Ministry of Railways in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Every Shramik train has 24 coached with 74 seats each. However only 54 people are allowed in one coach to maintain social distancing norms to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Till May 9, out of the 287 trains which had terminated, 127 terminated in Uttar Pradesh, 87 in Bihar, 24 in Madhya Pradesh, 20 in Odisha, 16 in Jharkhand, four in Rajasthan, three in Maharashtra, two each in Telangana and West Bengal, and one each in Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh, the officials said.