Dimapur: The first train that was arranged by the Nagaland state government to evacuate stranded students started from Chennai on Tuesday night at around 11;20 pm from the DR. MGR Chennai Central Railway Station. The Shramik special train is expected to reach Dimapur Railway station on May 21.
The journey at a time when the threat from Cyclone Amphan looms large. Sources in the Nagaland government told EastMojo that they are in touch with the railways and passengers of the train should any emergency arise.
The train is taking a different route to avoid any extreme weather conditions added the source. The source also confirmed that the train is expected to reach Dimapur on May 21.
EastMojo correspondent also called some of the passengers on the train, they informed that the train had reached Makudi Railway station in Maharashtra at around 11:10 am on Wednesday. They further added that all of them were screened before they boarded the train.
Earlier, Nagaland Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy informed that over 18000 stranded Nagas have registered with the govt to return. While the state government has been working on a detailed plan, he said that with the central government’s decision to operate normal passenger trains, a new standard operating procedure (SOP) will be issued.