Train from Chandigarh leaves for Jiribam
Imphal: A special train ferrying more than a thousand of state natives stranded in Chennai reached Jiribam on Wednesday as the first batch. All the returnees will be housed at Institutional or Community quarantine centres in their respective districts.
On their arrival at Jiribam Railway station at 12.20 pm, Chief Secretary, Dr. J. Suresh Babu, ADGP (L/O), L. Kailun, Secretary (WR), Ms. Jacintha Lazarus, Deputy Commissioner, Jiribam W. Malemnganba Chenglei, Director (Transport), Mercina Panmei and other officials warmly welcomed the passengers.
High ranking officials are monitoring the screening process. Doctors of Health Department and officials of Transport department and other stakeholders are working tirelessly. Passengers board their buses after proper screening administered by Health Department. All those who arrived were stamped in their wrist to stay quarantine for 14 days.
As the first batch to depart from Jiribam, Chief Secretary flagged off 6 buses carrying 126 passengers heading for Ukhrul district at Jiribam railway station.
Speaking to media persons at Jiribam Railway station, Chief Secretary said that more than 1081 passengers have come from Chennai in the first train and we are happy to bring out our people. Passengers are going district by district, after completing the screening test, we are sending passenger of Ukhrul district first. District Administration Jiribam is arranging counter for screening, he added.
He further said that tomorrow one more train is coming from Punjab and it will take two days to reach Jiribam. After that another train will start from Bengaluru. We are trying to work one more train from Chennai and one more from Vadodara, we are trying our best. Train movement depends on the state where the people are there and the government should also agree to co-operate with us and once both the governments agreed to take out the people, then a lot of procedures to be followed. He also appealed to those who want to come to registered in the official website of the concerned states.
Foods and snacks were provided to the passengers by the District Administration after thorough screening. Volunteers from Indian Red Cross Society and Railway Protection Force look after maintaining social distance. Packed lunches were distributed by All Jiribam United Clubs Association.
The approximate number of returnees included, Ukhrul-126, Senapati -153, Bishnupur & Chandel – 39, Tamenglong-145, Kangpokpi-25, Thoubal & Kakching- 18, Churachandpur & Pherzawl- 300, Imphal-5, Imphal West & Tengnoupal-67, Imphal East & Kamjong- 39 and Noney-47.
Stranded Manipuris from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana have boarded the train from Chandigarh and the special train has started for Jiribam Wednesday evening.