Imphal: Indian Railways’ special train carrying a total of 932 passengers, mostly stranded students, arrived at Jiribam railway station in Manipur from Punjab at 6.50 pm on Friday. The train had started its journey from Sirhind railway station in Punjab on May 13.
This is the second major evacuation of people from Manipur stranded in metro cities by the state government.
On May 13, as many as 1,141 passengers arrived from Chennai, the first returnees by train in the state.
Since the state government have brought home the stranded Manipur natives from various parts of the state, including those states under orange and red zones, all returnees, as per the MHA protocols, are to be quarantine for mandatory 14 days at the institutional quarantine centers.
Moreover, as per official reports, passengers would allowed to deboard the train district-wise and proceed to screening counters for health screening to avoid crowding as well as maintaining social distancing.
After the initial screening and other formalities carried our at Jiribam, passengers will be directly transport to their respective district institutional quarantine facilities by 74 buses which are already being stationed at Jiri Tipaimukh Raod, reports said.
Another special train carrying 1,450 passengers which was flagged off from Bengaluru on Thursday is arriving Manipur on May 16.
The first train from Gujarat was also flagged off on Friday at 4 pm from Baroda for Jiribam ferrying 808 passengers, including 186 from Sikkim and 235 from Meghalaya, respectively.
This is the first time where people from Manipur are arriving by train directly at Jiribam unlike the earlier times where passengers from the state deboarded the train either at Guwahati or Dimapur rail stations and reach their home state by buses or hired vehicles.