Imphal: Chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu on Thursday said 1081 passengers arrived in the state via train from Chennai, Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.
All the passengers have been shifted to the concerned district level quarantine centres after routine medical check up.
Babu expressed his gratitude to all the departments’ officials and staff for cooperating in successfully bringing back the passengers.
Speaking to media persons at Conference Hall, Secretariat today,
Talking to reporters here, he clarified that there is no need reason to worry with regard to some passengers travelling in coach no S3 and S18 which appeared in social media. The passengers are undergoing quarantine in Imphal and they will be tested properly.
The chief secretary also informed that around 300 to 450 people are coming into the state by road through Mao and Jiribam route. They will also be taken into quarantine centres after the district concerned are informed in advance. Government is making additional facility at Mao, where oil tanker and passenger vehicles will be screened separately to reduce the rush.
He said a train from Bengaluru, Karnataka will depart on Thursday carrying more than, 1400 people, which is expected to reach Jiribam by afternoon of May 17. Another train has also begun its journey from Punjab carrying people of the state, residing in Punjab, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh. The train is expected to reach Jiribam on Friday afternoon around 1.30 pm. Another train is also expected to start from Vadodara in Gujarat on Friday, carryings passengers not only belonging to Manipur but also from other North Eastern states.
Babu assuring the people of the state said he had discussion with the health department on how to go about 100% testing. He also said that once an individual is found negative during testing there is no need to put the individual in quarantine centre. In case, an individual is found negative he/she should be able to go home and stay at home quarantine.
The said the government is taking up all possible and necessary measures. He urged for co-operation from all the sections of the society stating that coming days will be more challenging for the government as more people are expected to return back to the state.