Imphal, June 15: Manipur chief secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu on Monday requested joint secretary, ministry of civil aviation, Usha Padhee, through a letter, to suspend all passenger flights to Imphal during June 18 to 28 asking to issue necessary instructions to all the airlines, director general of civil aviation and Airport Authority of India.
The chief secretary wrote that the state government is following strict quarantine protocol for all people arriving Manipur in order to contain community spread. All of them have to undergo RT-PCR test mandatorily and only those tested negative are allowed to go for home quarantine. “Due to heavy inflow of people, there is substantial delay in testing all these people and there is huge backlog of 15000 samples pending results,” he said.
As on date, there are five flights landing in Imphal. The state government has decided to stop all the passenger flights for a period of 10 days in order to clear the pending backlog of testing and also clear the congestion in the quarantine centres, he added.