Mnp starts transporting its stranded citizens

Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 29 | Publish Date: 4/29/2020 9:19:16 AM IST
Manipur transport department on Wednesday sent four buses for transportation of 84 people who were stranded in Guwahati since the commencement of the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown.
The 84 people including students and pilgrims returning from different states of the country were lodged at Manipur Bhavan in Guwahati of Assam.
The four buses left Imphal for Guwahati today morning. State principal secretary (transport) flagged off the four buses which also had hand sanitizers, masks for use by those stranded on their way back home.
Officials of the state general administrative department (GAD) handed over 500 bottles of hand sanitizers and 500 face masks for use by the stranded people as well as by the staffs of the of Manipur Bhavan, Guwahati.
Providing the details of the drivers and handymen of the four buses (MN04-0298, ML05-1809, MN01-1664 and AO-01C-4909), state police department has also requested its counterparts- Assam and Nagaland police to ensure smooth passage of vehicles by informing all checkpoints.
The sending of the buses for transportation of  stranded  people from the state was the first step taken up by the state government due to nationwide lockdown. 
Official sources said that the state government has taken up the initiative considering the plight of those stranded in the backdrop of mounting pressure on the state government and political leaders, particularly those in power to bring stranded people back.
All the stranded people would be subjected to COVID-19 test when they arrive in Imphal and before being sent to their respective homes.
The state government has estimated 30,000 to 50,000 people from Manipur who are stranded in different parts of India and want to return home.
As they would reach the state after the lockdown is lifted, the government has been working to procure adequate number of testing kits in advance, an official source said.
As per a recent decision of the state government, all the state natives returning from different parts of the country on account of the country-wide lockdown would be tested for COVID-19 as soon as they arrive in the state after the lockdown is lifted.
Notably, the State Consultative Committee on COVID-19 headed by the state chief minister, in its first meeting since inception last week had already decided to open more quarantine centres in all districts to lodge returnees for compulsory quarantine.

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