Imphal: Manipur continues its extensive evacuation of the stranded citizens in metro cities by train owing to COVID-19 lockdown. Following the first batch of evacuees who arrived from Chennai by train on Wednesday, another special train is ferrying as many as 1,188 passengers from Punjab.
The stranded citizens of Manipur currently residing in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh boarded the train at 4 pm from Sirhind railway station in Punjab. The special train is likely to arrive on May 15 at Jiribam, Manipur’s lone railway station.
Speaking with EastMojo over phone, North East Students’ Organisation Jalandhar representative, Rinlungso ZAS expressed gratitude to the Manipur government for extending the service and bringing back the stranded citizens home, mostly students, in these difficult times.
“The northeast student community living in Punjab are amazed and thankful for the gesture and love extended by the administration of Lovely Professional University (LPU) to the NE students, especially to those stranded students by providing lunch and dropping at the train station safely,” he added.
As per the report, around 400 people from Manipur, mostly students are residing in Punjab and close to 2,000 are in Chandigarh.
On Thursday by 12:30 pm, the train carrying the passengers from Manipur had reached Bihar. They will be travelling crossing West Bengal, Assam before reaching their destination at Jiribam in Manipur.
Meanwhile, around 1,450 passengers from Bengaluru and those whose names have been shortlisted for train travel are undergoing screening test at Tripura Vasini White Pearls at Armane Nagar in the city. The special train is expected to start for Jiribam on Wednesday evening after the screening for COVID-19 test is completed, as per reports.
According to chief secretary J Suresh Babu, the state government is trying to arrange another train from Chennai and one from Vadodara in order to bring back stranded citizens.
Passengers arriving by train are being screened at Jiribam railway station with top officials of the state monitoring the screening process to avoid any further spread of the virus in the state.
Similarly, those returning by buses and private vehicles are also being screened at Mao Gate in Senapati district and Jiribam Gate, followed by mandatory 14 days institutional quarantine in their respective districts.
So far, the state has ordered the restriction of home quarantine for those returning from outside the state as a precautionary measure.
Apart from those 1,141 returnees by train from Chennai on Wednesday, so far the state has recorded 3,220 passengers by buses and private vehicles coming from outside Manipur, according to the state official report.