Jammu, May 10 : The Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday has given a green signal to the arrival of trains in the Union Territory with its residents being evacuated from different parts of the country amid the Covid-19 lockdown.
The inflow through trains was preceded by the regulated road transportation of the stranded persons via Lakhanpur. The trains entering the Union Territory will disembark the passengers at Udhampur railway station. The first train is expected to arrive on Sunday evening or Monday morning. The highly regulated homecoming of such persons aboard the trains has been initiated with elaborate preemptive arrangements. The authorities have framed intensive protocols and established detailed procedures for their district-wise return. District administration Udhampur has created a fresh sample collection capacity of 1000 per day for train returnees as there will be 100 percent testing of the passengers for Covid-19. As per the administration, all arrangements for receiving, registering and sending the returnees to their destination by bus have been made. The returnees to Jammu, Samba, Kathua will be sent to Jammu where their samples will be taken and then quarantined (administrative quarantine). All returnees to Doda, Kishtwar will be sent to Doda and after the sample collections there, they will be then quarantined (administrative quarantine) at the respective districts. Similarly, the returnees to Reasi, Rajouri and Poonch will be sent to their districts. Their samples will be taken at their respective districts and quarantined (administrative quarantine) there. (UNI)