Govt evacuates 49218 JK residents through Lakhanpur, brings back 7264 through special trains

SRINAGAR: The government, fulfilling its commitment towards providing succor to J&K residents stranded outside UT due to COVID-19 lockdown, has evacuated 49218 people through Lakhanpur besides bringing back home 7264 persons through special trains at Jammu and Udhampur till May 15.

Women commuters wave their hands inside a coach of Bengaluru Special train for Jammu and Kashmir. Photo: Internet

According to a detailed break up about the figures, Rajdhani from Delhi has brought over 900 stranded J&K residents to Jammu this morning while two trains one from Delhi and other from Aligarh today reached at Railway station Udhampur carrying 523 and 781 passengers respectively.

At Udhampur, the trains were received by Deputy Commissioner, Piyush Singhla, who had a brief interaction with the passengers about their journey and facilities. He informed that the district administration Udhampur has made elaborate arrangements for reception and departure of these passengers to their homes in different districts of J&K. “Corona Warriors are facilitating the returnees to reach their homes”, he added.

DC informed that the district authorities are ensuring strict adherence to the guidelines issued by Ministries of Home Affairs and Health & Family Welfare regarding COVID-19 during the boarding and de-boarding process in the district.  It is being ensured that passengers observe social distancing and wear masks.

As per the official communiqué, of 49218 returnees till May 15, 2020 (morning) coming via Lakhanpur included 11513 from Punjab; 18286 from Himachal Pradesh, 3905 from Delhi, 650 from Gujrat, 1538 from Rajasthan, 2401 from Haryana, 96 from Chhattisgarh, 2666 from Uttarakhand, 326 from Maharashtra, 2766 from Uttar Pradesh, 42 from Odhisa, 35 from Assam, 814 from Madhya Pradesh, 88 from Dehradun, 486 from Chandigarh, 316 from Telangana, 142 from Bihar and 3148 from other states and UTs till May 15 morning.

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