Imphal: Passenger flight services in Manipur have been resumed from various cities across India, with five flights landing at Imphal Airport on Monday.
Earlier, following the request from the state government owing to rapid rise of COVID-19 cases and a huge backlog of samples, the Union ministry of civil aviation allowed to operate a single passenger flight service from Delhi to Imphal from June 18 to 28.
While briefing media persons on Sunday, chief minister N Biren Singh stated that the huge backlog of approximately 15,000 samples to be tested has been cleared during the last 10 days’ period and fresh samples collected from the new returnees will be tested within 24 hours.
As per the Imphal Airport official, a total of 538 passengers arrived in the state on Monday by five flights and another 383 flew out from Imphal to other states.
Two Indigo flights arrived from Kolkata and Guwahati, one Air India flight from Delhi, one AirAsia from Guwahati and an Alliance Air from Dimapur, respectively.
Till date, around 43,000 returnees, both by flights and trains, were kept under institutional and community quarantine centres in their respective districts, Singh said.
Currently, there are only around 7,200 people at the quarantine centres and apart from those who tested positive for the virus, the remaining ones have been sent back for home quarantine.
Meanwhile, the Indian Railways’ Shramik special train ferrying 1,292 passengers arrived at Jiribam from Bengaluru on Sunday evening. This is the first train in three weeks after the train service in the state was halted due to incessant rainfall that washed away railway tracks between Lamding and Badarpur in Assam.
After undergoing screening and other mandatory procedure at Jiribam railway station, the passengers were transported back to their respective district quarantine centres by 41 buses.