1,818 stranded Manipuris return home in train, flights

1,818 stranded Manipuris return home in train, flights

TMB Report

IMPHAL: Altogether 1,818 stranded Manipuris have arrived in the state over the last two days. While 1,292 passengers arrived by train on Saturday at Jiribam, another 526 stranded Manipuris arrived in Imphal in five different flights on Monday.

According to a source, Air Asia brought 131 stranded Manipuris from Delhi and Guwahati while 172 individuals were brought from Kolkata by an IndiGo flight, 19 by Indian Airlines from Guwahati and Dimapur, 53 by Indigo from Guwahati and 151 by Air Asia from Delhi. The individuals have been sent to different quarantine centres in the districts.

Till date, 101 different flights have brought back altogether 14,039 stranded Manipuris while 7,600 non-locals have been deported to their respective home states in different flights, added the source. 

Meanwhile, the train service which remained suspended in view of shortages of accommodation in Quarantine centres and testing facilities in the state has resumed. Around 1292 stranded Manipuris in Bangalore have been brought back to Manipuri by a Special Train which arrived at Jiribam railway station on Sunday at 4:50 PM. The said returnees have been brought to Imphal in 41 buses on Monday.

The train was started from Bengaluru, Karnataka on 26th June, 2020. The number of passengers according to the sequence of their departure from Jiribam railway station were — Ukhrul district-236 passengers (including 2 children), Senapati district-329 passengers (including 3 children), Kamjong district – 40 passengers, Kangpokpi district-95, Kakching, Chandel and Tengnoupal districts – 69 passengers, Churachandpur and Pherzawl districts – 212 passengers, Thoubal district – 25 passengers, Noney district – 31 passengers, Bishnupur district – 47 passengers, Tamenglong district – 101 passengers, Imphal East district – 32 passengers, Imphal West district – 59 passengers and Jiribam district – 16 passengers.

After undergoing screening and other mandatory procedures at Jiribam railway station, all the returnees boarded 41 buses including 6 MST for heading towards their respective quarantine centres. The buses are arranged by Transport department. 

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