1463 stranded persons arrive from Chennai

1463 stranded persons arrive from Chennai
Stranded persons arrive from Chennai at Dimapur railway station on Friday evening. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAY 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/22/2020 1:05:42 PM IST

A special Shramik train carrying a total of 1463 stranded citizens of Nagaland which left Chennai at 11.30 a.m. on May 19 arrived Dimapur railway station Friday at around 6.25 p.m. after its scheduled arrival at 1 p.m. was delayed due to the cyclone Amphan.

The returnees that included students, employees of various firms and children, were received by Agriculture Production Commissioner and head of the COVID-19 related activities in-charge, Y. Kikheto Sema and DC Dimapur Anoop Khinchi, Commissioner Police R. Tetso, CMO Dimapur Dr. Tiasunup Pongen including other district and police officials. Teams from the medical, police, administration and NGOs were on hand to assist the passengers and also help them maintain social distancing.

Food packs and water were provided by deputy chief minister Y. Patton including various organisations. Masks were also provided for those not without it. A fleet of more than 60 buses were deployed at railway station to transport the returnees to various quarantine centres in Dimapur and other districts.

As they made their way to the waiting buses, the returnees were subjected to thermal screening and had their luggage pass through disinfectant tunnels installed by Confederation of Nagaland Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The whole process was carried out in a smooth manner.

Meanwhile, returnees of Dimapur, Mon and Peren were to be quarantined at Agri-Expo Dimapur while those from other districts including Kohima were transported by buses to be housed at various quarantine centres in Kohima. 

It was also learnt that the returnees were given only one meal since their departure from Chennai on May 19. Taking note of this, Kikheto Sema, expressed unhappiness that the returnees were given only one meal during the two days three nights journey. Kikheto felt that this matter ought to be taken up by the higher authorities so that it would be a lesson when other stranded Nagas return in the next few days.

It may be mentioned that in view of the arrival of the special train, DC Dimapur Anoop Khinchi ordered closure of all shops/markets with effect from 12 noon till midnight of May 22 as a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Commissioner of Police Dimapur, R Tetseo, also ordered restriction on movement of all vehicles including exempted categories within Dimapur town. The railway station was also sanitized prior to the arrival of the special train.

1550 to leave for Bihar: The special train that brought the returnees form Chennai is scheduled to depart for Bihar with people from the state on May 23. According to principal secretary (Home) Abhijit Sinha, a total of 1,550 migrants from Bihar and stranded in Nagaland will travel by the train to Motihari, Bihar at around 9 pm on May 23. Sinha also informed that 3,086 stranded citizens of Nagaland, who opted to voluntarily stay back at their places of residence, have been given Rs 10,000 each as one-time financial assistance. He said the assistance cost the State exchequer Rs 3.8 crore.

392 from Gurugram to arrive on May 24: According to officials, another batch of 392 stranded citizens of Nagaland, along with of 953 persons from other North Easter states, left Gurugram, Haryana, by another train for Dimapur at 6 p.m. Friday.The returnees,  are expected to arrive Dimapur on May 24 at around 5.40 am.

Returnee dies in train: According to informed sources, one female passenger travelling in the train from Gurugram, died on the way. Sources said the deceased had medical issues and was advised to not travel.

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