Train with 1,140 passengers arrives in Mnp

Train with 1,140 passengers arrives in Mnp
Altogether, 1,140 passengers arrived from Chennai at Jiribam train station in Manipur on Wednesday. Courtesy-East Mojo.
Correspondent IMPHAL, May 13 | Publish Date: 5/13/2020 9:50:14 AM IST

No symptomatic case was detected during screening of returnees who arrived in Manipur’s Jiribam by train on Wednesday.

Keeping in mind the paramount importance of prevention of transmission, the returnees have started moving to their respective district by buses arranged by the authorities of Manipur government.

As many as 1,140 people who were stranded at different places in Tamil Nadu, left Chennai by a special train on May 10 evening and reached  Jiribam railway station around 12 noon on Wednesday. 

This is the first time people of the state stranded outside other than northeast owing to the COVID-19 lockdown reached Jiribam, the only railway station in the state .

Ahead of the arrival of the stranded people, Jiribam district administration enforced stringent public curfew which has been promulgated for effective lockdown in the district, particularly in and around the railway station and the market places in the district headquarters, official reports here said.

People were strictly restricted from moving out of their respective residences even as there were no relaxations for any services except the essential services, the report added.

On arrival of the special train which had 24 bogies, all doors and windows were kept close while disallowing any of the passengers to step out of their respective compartments.

After completing screening and arrangement of buses, the returnees of selected compartment were allowed to step out of the train. The compartment with passengers from Ukhrul districts were allowed to step out of the train and proceeded for screening. Six buses with 126 returnees, all hailing from Ukhrul district have left Jiribam for Imphal.

State chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu who is currently stationed at the district headquarters to supervise arrangement for the onward evacuation of the returnees, flagged off the buses from the railway station.

The chief secretary said that the passengers will be sent to their respective home districts in buses arranged by the state transport department. 

“We are happy to bring back our distressed people home. We are sending them upto their respective home districts where they will be put on compulsory quarantine for 14 days,” the chief secretary said.

Once they reach their respective districts, they will be kept at community quarantine centres as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of contagion in the state, he added. 

“They will be kept at community quarantine centres of their districts where they will be under the surveillance of health officials,” he said. At the same time, the chief secretary said that government understood the problems faced by the returnees due to non-stop travel for such a long distance. 

“However, we are in a very peculiar situation. We are compelled to do so for the safety of them as well as their families and loved ones,” the chief secretary who appealed to returnees and their families to cooperate with the government.

The chief secretary added that more trains with stranded people of the state would  arrive in the coming days. One more train with stranded state people will be leaving Punjab for Manipur. The train will take two days to reach Jiribam and another train with stranded state people will started from Bengaluru.

“We are trying to work out one more train from Chennai and another from Vadodara,” he added.

The chief secretary lauded volunteers from Indian Red Cross Society and Railway Protection Forces who helped maintain social distancing of passengers on their arrival at the Jiribam railway station.

He further thanked members of All Jiribam United Clubs Association for extending their help in distribution of lunch packets and other items to returnees at the station.

Meanwhile, a government source said that another special train ferrying stranded Manipuris is expected to arrive at the Jiribam railway station by late today evening. The train is transported stranded state people of the state from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. 



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