U’khand plans 10 more special trains to bring back migrants
Two trains, one each from Surat and Pune have already brought migrants home. The state govt has made advance payment of Rs 1 Crore to Railways for special trains.
A total of 51394 natives of Uttarakhand stranded in different parts of the country have so far returned back to the state. Similarly, 9970 people of different states who were stranded due to lockdown have gone back to their respective states till Monday. Information about the status of return of migrants and the efforts made by the state government in this direction was given by Transport secretary, Shailesh Bagauli to the media at state secretariat on Tuesday. The officer said that 198584 registrations have so far been made on the portal of Uttarakhand government for returning back to the state. Since on one registration more than one individual can apply, it is estimated that more than three lakh people have shown interest in returning to the state. For return of these people, the Uttarakhand government is in contact with the administration of different states and the railway administration. The secretary informed that two trains carrying natives of state from Surat in Gujarat and Pune from Maharashtra have arrived in the state. He made it clear that no money would be charged from the returning migrants and the state government has made an advance payment of Rs one Crore to Indian railways for the purpose. He added that state government has planned ten more trains from different parts of the country for the purpose.
A train carrying 1200 Uttarakhandis’ from Bengaluru would arrive in Haridwar on May 13. He said that in the first stage the trains are being sought from the places where the number of those interested to return to the state is highest. In the second stage, two or three stations en-route would be clubbed for special train.
Bagauli informed that a protocol is strictly being followed under which the passengers are medically screened both during the boarding and disembarking the trains. “If on arrival any migrant is having symptoms of the disease, he is immediately sent to institutional quarantine and others are sent on home quarantine,’’ he said.
Bagauli added that 13799 registrations have been made from Haryana, 11957 from Uttar Pradesh, 9452 from Delhi, 7163 from Chandigarh, 2981 from Rajasthan, 2438 from Punjab and 1060 from Gujarat.
He further informed that 29975 people have registered to leave the state out of which 9970 have already left for their respective destinations. Bagauli said that 52621 people have so far made inter district movement within the state.
The secretary claimed that about 25 percent people who had registered themselves for returning back to the state are now reluctant after relaxations in lockdown.
Wednesday, 13 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun