Agartala, May 12 : After Bengaluru – Agartala direct train with 1,140 passengers, Tripura government has decided to run Shramik Special Train from Mumbai to Agartala and special trains from Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata soon with the people stranded in respective states due to lockdown. The spokesperson of the state government education minister Ratan Lal Nath stated that even Tripura wanted to bring the people fast but it needs consent from respective state governments and Indian Railway authority.
Moreover, bringing a large number of people here at a time would be difficult to handle in this situation. However, this week one more train from Bengaluru, one each from Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad would start with the stranded passengers after due health checkup and other formalities. Meantime, the Railway Ministry has announced to run a pair trains between New Delhi and Agartala from May 18 next with all necessary precautions, he said.
According to record, the highest number of people stranded in four states of the country were about 12,800 people stranded in Karnataka, 8,100 in Tamil Nadu, 9,200 in West Bengal, 5,000 in Assam, and nearly a thousand in Mumbai and Hyderabad. In other states, the number of stranded people is very less and as a result, the state government prioritised bringing the stranded people from those states first. He pointed out that for handling the home comers, Tripura government has formulated a standard operating procedure, which would be implemented from tonight when the first train of stranded people from Bengaluru would reach here.
The train would not stop anywhere in Assam and Tripura before reaching Agartala and a big team was prepared to cordon the whole train once it arrives. “All the doors of the coaches are locked and it would be opened one by one and the passengers to maintain the queue in the health desk maintaining a physical distance. All symptomatic patients would be separated at the platform and swab samples of all of them would be collected while samples of every 5th asymptomatic patient would be taken. Finally, all of them would be taken to quarantine. After reports come only the negative passengers will be released for 14 days mandatory home quarantine.” Nath added.
He claimed that the Tripura government has been doing the highest number of Covid-19 tests since the beginning and so far about 10,000 samples were tested where 154 were found positive. Except four all were from three battalions of BSF posted in Dhalai district but their source of infection has not yet been ascertained. The Delhi based National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) team is coming to study the cases. (UNI)