Thousands of stranded homeward bound

Thousands of stranded homeward bound
(L) Stranded citizens prepare to board the buses in Kohima, Saturday. (R) Stranded people from outside the state at DDSC stadium. (NP)
Staff Reporter/Correspondent DIMAPUR/KOHIMA, MAY 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/9/2020 12:50:32 PM IST

Thousands of stranded people, mainly from Dimapur and Kohima left for their respective home districts on Saturday.

In Dimapur, 47 buses carrying over 1000 people left for their respective home towns from State Stadium on May 9. 2 buses left for Mokokchung, Wokha-2 buses, Kiphire-4 buses, Zunheboto- 5 buses, Phek- 4 buses, Mon-13 buses, Tuensang- 4 buses, Longleng- 3 buses, Kohima and Peren 2 buses each. From May 7 till May 9, 6477 stranded persons left for their homes after being screened by the medical department.

In Kohima, people in hundreds gathered at Kuochiezie (Local) Ground seeking assistance of the district administration to ferry them to their respective districts. 

Altogether 29 buses carrying 774 stranded persons departed from Kohima to various districts in the State. 

Out of the 29 buses 5 buses went to Zunheboto, 1 to Meluri, 6 buses to Dimapur, 1 bus to Jalukie, 2 buses to Mokokchung, 12 buses to Longleng, 1 bus to Pughoboto and 1 bus to Kiphire. Several hundred stranded Nagas from other districts were also ferried back home on May 9, by buses arranged by the state government.

Both Dimapur and Kohima district administrations have so far facilitated the relocation of almost over 10000 stranded people to their home districts and states during the three-day window period. 

Meanwhile, as per reports, there are still thousands of poeple stranded across the state and unable to reach their homes.

Inter-district movement extended
Additional Chief Secretary & Finance Commissioner, who is also the convenor of the Empowered Committee, Sentiyanger Imchen has informed that the government has extended the inter-district movement of stranded persons from May 11 till May 13, 2020.
In a directive to all DCs, Imchen said persons who have already registered till May 8, 2020 at the facilitation Centres will be given preference.
Since most of the registered stranded persons were from Dimapur and Kohima, the government has directed the respective DCs to send buses to the destination districts equitably.  Further, other DCs have been asked not to send any more passengers to Dimapur and Kohima in those buses that will be returning.
However, any stranded passengers /groups wishing to travel by making their own arrangement and cost will be allowed. For this, the DCs may issue permits to such vehicles for the travel, Imchen stated. 
DC Dimapur bans Inter-State movement
Dimapur district administration has re-imposed the restriction on inter-state movement with immediate effect.
According to DIPR, deputy commissioner Anoop Kinchi in a notification has barred inter-state movement of individuals. However, patients seeking treatment of non-COVID-19 illnesses at Dimapur from neighbouring states shall be required to produce movement permit from their respective district authorities mentioning that the case is a medical emergency.
Over 2000 stranded people leave state
Staff Reporter
DIMAPUR, MAY 9 (NPN): Over 2000 stranded people, mostly from neighbouring Assam, were allowed to leave Dimapur from May 3 till May 9, paving the way for them to be reunited with their  families after being away from home for nearly 2 months in view of the nation-wide lockdown.
According to district officials, those stranded from outside the state were allowed to leave after obtaining medical certificate from the District hospital and movement permit from the district administration.
From May 3 till May 9, 2050 persons were allowed to leave that includes-- 1216 from New Field check gate and 471 from Dillai gate.
On Saturday, men, women and children were seen waiting for their turn to get their documents verified by district administration at DDSC stadium, Dimapur.
At the Nagaland gate check point, a beeline of people awaited their turn to check out and move to the other side of the border on their way home. Fire service personnel sprayed disinfectants as vehicles made their way into the state.

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