Three special trains have arrived in Manipur till date 
Three special trains have arrived in Manipur till date |File Image

Manipur: Nearly 20k stranded persons from Delhi to return home

To accommodate the number of stranded persons from Manipur in Delhi, the state will need at least 14 to 15 phases to ferry everyone back say officials

Vangamla Salle K S

Vangamla Salle K S

Imphal: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, Manipur government’s drive to bring back the stranded citizens from the metro cities continues.

At least 20,000 Manipur natives residing in Delhi have already registered themselves on the state government website to return home, as per the Delhi Returnee Information Center report.

Delhi being the capital of the country has thousands of migrant citizens, including students and migrant labourers. The number of people from Manipur is no lesser than other states.

The state government is working out the modalities to evacuate the stranded citizens from Delhi by train.

The schedule for additional special trains are likely to be notified in the next few days.

To accommodate the number of stranded persons from Manipur in Delhi, we will need to work out for at least 14 to 15 phases to ferry them back in the state, the official informed.

So far, as many as 3,457 passengers have arrived by Indian Railways’ special Shramik trains from various cities like Chennai, Punjab and Bengaluru, the first being from Chennai on May 14, followed by Punjab and Bengaluru on May 15 and 17, respectively.

Three more trains are on the way to Manipur ferrying the stranded persons from the state from Baroda in Gujarat, Hyderabad and Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh.

Apart from trains, as many as 5,785 stranded people have also arrived in the state from the northeast region and other parts of the country either by buses or by other vehicles.

A total of 190 passengers reached Manipur by road on Monday, said the official.

After more than a month as free COVID-19 positive state, Manipur has once again slipped to the list of states having novel coronavirus with five active cases since May 14. In view of the new cases, the government has issued a more stringent travel advisory.

Since May 16, the state has restricted the entry of returnees by road from outside the state till testing is completed for people who have already arrived in the state. The returnees will also be kept in institutional quarantine centres until the test result is received.

As per reports, only those passengers who tested negative for COVID-19 can move for home quarantine.

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