Panaji, May 13 : Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said opening up of special train services to the state does not mean that people should rush to the state for a holiday.
Addressing a press conference at the state secretariat at Porvorim, near the city, he said the state, which had been classified as Corona-free Green Zone, would think of opening up to tourism only after announcement of lockdown four by the Centre. "People cannot come and enjoy Goa. Many people would want to come, just because trains have been announced. Once they arrive here, they will have to compulsorily stay put in quarantine for 14 days," he said.
"If they don't have a home here or are unable to book a hotel room, they should not come to Goa. They cannot come here and then start looking for hotels," he added. The Chief Minister said a special train to the state would reach Goa on May 16, 2020. "As of now, around 500 people have booked their tickets to Goa by the Rajdhani Express, which is scheduled to reach Goa on May 16. The passengers will be ferried from the station to the nearby district hospital by special buses where they will be tested first," he said, adding the passengers would be accommodated at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in South Goa for six hours, til the test results were declared.
"Those who test negative will be stamped for home quarantine. Those who test positive will be shifted to our designated Covid-19 hospital for quarantine," he said. The Chief Minister said a similar SOP was being evolved for persons travelling to Goa by road, air and waterways. (UNI)