State deposits Rs 50 lakh advance with Railways to ferry migrants back
23,794 out of 1.79 lakh who have registered online brought back to U’khand
The state government is in the process of finalising the plan to bring back migrants from the state back to Uttarakhand by train. A sum of Rs 50 lakh has also been deposited as advance by the state with the railways. However, reports published by some media outlets listing specific date for the train are incorrect as the dates have not been finalised yet. Meanwhile, out of the 1,79,615 migrants from Uttarakhand who have registered online for returning to the state, 23,794 had been brought back from various states by Friday evening. Secretary Shailesh Bagauli said this while addressing the media on Saturday.
He said that talks have been held to bring back migrants by train from Surat, Ahmedabad, Pune, Bengaluru and other places. Talks are also underway for train from Rajasthan. The Uttarakhand government is bearing the train and bus expense to bring back natives to the state. A sum of Rs 50 lakh has been deposited with the railways as advance. So far, the state has discussed the operation of eight special trains. The time-table for bringing back migrants by train will be finalised soon after talks with the Railways ministry and the states concerned. The migrants concerned will be informed by SMS as soon as the schedule is finalised, he said.
Bagauli further informed that of the 1.79 lakh migrants who have registered to return, 23,794 were brought back by Friday evening. These include 11,482 from Haryana, 4383 from Chandigarh, 3,526 from Uttar Pradesh, 2,409 from Rajasthan, 482 from Delhi, 327 from Punjab, 319 from Gujarat and 411 from other states. Apart from these, the number of persons going from one district to another within Uttarakhand is 34,886. Further, 21,717 persons have registered online to travel to other states from Uttarakhand. Out of these, 6,378 persons have been sent to other states so far. Bagauli said that the process of bringing back migrants to Uttarakhand has to be planned properly. The time-table is drafted according to the number of persons for whom arrangements can be made in one day in the districts. The State government is making arrangements to bring back all those who have registered for the same. However, precautions like medical test, social distancing and quarantine among others have to be observed effectively, he added.
Sunday, 10 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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