As part of government’s initiative of bringing back the stranded people of J&K to their homes in the wake of COVID-19 Lockdown, Jammu today received first COVID special train carrying 1018 passengers while 7 buses carrying 175 people including 11 minors stranded in Jammu have left from Bhatindi to Kashmir.

People who returned from Goa stand in a queue at TRC Srinagar for screening. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Deputy Commissioner, Sushma Chauhan along with other senior officers received the Rajdhani train and had a brief interaction with the passengers.

Chauhan, while wishing safe and comfortable further journey to the passengers, appealed them to cooperate with the district authorities in ensuring strict adherence to the guidelines issued by Ministries of Home Affairs and Health & Family Welfare regarding COVID-19.  “Following the guidelines is the only option to contain the spread of this Pandemic”, she added.

A health official scans the body temperature of a passenger as she arrives at the Srinagar. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

She informed that the administration has ensured that during the boarding and de-boarding process the passengers observe social distancing and wear masks. Besides, 100 per cent sampling of all passengers has also been done and complete protection of the administrative staff and others on duty has been ensured. The district administration has made elaborate arrangements for receiving these stranded people, she added.

Health officials collect details of a passenger as she arrives at the railway station Jammu. KL Image 

Meanwhile, the government has deployed a fleet of buses, since last evening, for shifting of J&K residents stranded in various parts of Maharashtra to Nagpur. In this regard, about 900 J&K inhabitants including 400 students are being brought back by the special Shramik train scheduled to leave Nagpur for Udhampur this evening.


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