Dimapur transits stranded people

Dimapur transits stranded people
Stranded migrants at Dimapur railway station waiting for special Shramik train Saturday night. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAY 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/23/2020 1:06:06 PM IST

Since the partial relaxation of train services throughout the country under the current extended lockdown 4.0, a few thousand passengers have either entrained or detrained at the Dimapur railway station since May 17, 2020.

It may be recalled that on Friday evening some 1463 stranded people of Nagaland arrived Dimapur by the Special Shramik Train from Chennai.

On Saturday, the same Special Shramik Train carried around 1600 migrants workers from Bihar, stranded in Nagaland. The train departed Dimapur railway station Saturday at around 9 p.m. 

The special train, sponsored by the state government, left for Bapudhan Motihari (East Champaran), officials said. The passengers include 158 registered from Mokokchung, 348 from Kohima and the rest from Dimapur.

Earlier during the day, the district administration officials verified the documents and the medical team conducted thermal screening of all passengers at DDSC stadium before issuing boarding tickets.

Prior to their departure, all passengers were provided with food packets and water bottles by the state government.

According to DPRO, Dimapur district administration led by DC Dimapur Anoop Khinchi, Commissioner of Police Dimapur R. Tetseo, ADC Dimapur Lovitoly Sema and other officials were also present at the railway station.

The DPRO Dimapur also mentioned one of the passengers, Manoj Kumar Paswan (autorickshaw driver), who has been in Nagaland for the past 15 years. DPRO said Paswan expressed gratitude and appreciation to the people of Nagaland for being helpful during all these years. He especially thanked state government for bearing all journey expenses in transporting them to Bihar. 

“I will definitely come back to Nagaland once lockdown is completely lifted and situation becomes normal for me to carry on my business activities,” he said.

Meanwhile, on Saturday night over 200 persons were at the railway station to board the New Delhi-Dibrugarh-New Delhi train.

When contacted, officials at the station informed that, besides the special Shramik train, the railways has started running daily trains between New Delhi- Dibrugarh-New Delhi after the Centre relaxed movement of trains. On a daily basis, at least around 150-200 passengers leave from Dimapur station to other destination by these trains, an official said.

The Dimapur station also receives inter-state stranded passengers by these trains, the official added. 

According to official reports, at least 45 persons arrived by train from Delhi while 23 arrived from Sikkim by bus, three from Tripura, four Shillong, three from Guwahati and five from Delhi by private vehicles. 

Another special train carrying 426 citizens of Nagaland stranded in other states is expected to arrive in Dimapur on Sunday.

 It may be mentioned that the Indian Railways had announced restoration of 100 pairs of passenger train services from June 1. Booking for all trains commenced from May 21 at 10 am on IRCTC website. 

Other regular Passenger services including all Mail/Express, Passenger and Suburban train services will remain cancelled until further advice. These new services will be fully reserved trains having both AC and Non AC classes.

Dead body to arrive by ambulance
Meanwhile, the body of the 23-year-old Naga girl, who died on board the Gurugram-Nagaland train Friday, will be brought to Dimapur by road after completing all formalities.
According to sources, the train stopped at Kanpur where UP police took the body to conduct post-mortem. Two of the friends of the deceased also got off to accompany the body. Officials informed that the body would be brought by ambulance after completing all formalities like post-mortem etc.

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