Imphal: As part of Manipur government’s massive evacuation exercise of stranded persons from metro cities amid COVID-19 lockdown, a total of 1,200 passengers are en route to the state from Chennai on Sunday night, the first such evacuation by a special train.
As part of the Indian Railway’s 366 Shramik Special Trains, the train ferrying stranded residents of Manipur left the Chennai Railway Station around 8 pm on Sunday, as per sources.
The train, carrying mostly students and migrant workers, will arrive on Tuesday at Jiribam railway station in Jiribam district, which is bordering Cachar district in Assam, without making a stop on the way.
As per sources, facilities and arrangement being provided inside the train are beyond the expectations of the travellers who expressed gratitude for the great collaboration between the Tamil Nadu and Manipur government.
According to official reports, a total of 50 buses left for Jiribam, around 216 km from Imphal, on Saturday to facilitate and bring back the returnees to the state capital for institutional quarantine, as per the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) protocols and guidelines.
Similar train services for the stranded Manipur natives will also be flaged off from Punjab and Chandigarh on May 12, and another on May 14 from Bengaluru, reports said.
Since the state’s first evacuation mission was carried out from Guwahati with 92 stranded persons on May 2, altogether 1,239 people have returned home by road so far.
All these returnees have been placed at institutional quarantine centres arranged by the state government for screening and testing for COVID-19 as precautionary measures to avoid further spread of the virus in the state.
Moreover, those tested negative for COVID-19 have sent them to their respective homes with strict 14 days’ quarantine protocols to be maintained.
Around 45,000 stranded residdents of Manipur outside the state have registered on www.tengbang.in, a platform launched by state government to address the grievances faced by people stranded in various parts of the country due to COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
Tengbang.in was launched in the last week of March by Manipur government to facilitate and address the issues of the stranded Manipur native in metro cities in a means of financial assistance, relief food packages and most importantly, to bring them home from various parts of the country.