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25000 stranded persons expected to reach Kashmir

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Srinagar: As many as 25000 persons stranded in other parts of the country are expected to reach Kashmir, in coming days, the government said on Saturday.

The government has asked students, migrant workers, and other persons to register online on specific links and have also designated nodal officers for coordinating the return.


This was after MHA recently allowed the state and UT governments to make arrangements for return of all the stranded people to their native places.

In this regard, DC Srinagar Shahid Choudhary Saturday informed that all arrivals in Srinagar have to go through mandatory screening.

“Mandatory screening for all arrivals in #Srinagar. Pl report to 24×7 facility at TRC or fill details online informing us about your schedule (link below). Or convey to 6006333308,” he tweeted.

Similarly, the District Administration, Budgam too finalized arrangements with the Health department to ensure proper testing, quarantine and other facilities are put in place in advance.

DC Budgam, Tariq Hussain Ganai convened a meeting of officers to finalize the arrangements. The meeting among others was attended by ADC, Dr Nasir Ahmad, Nodal Officer Quarantine Centers, Mohammad Ashraf, ACR, CMO, all Nodal Officers, DIO, BMOs and other concerned.

Stating that 25000 stranded persons will reach Kashmir through different modes of transportation, the DC said that whosoever will reach Budgam should be subjected to testing. Those who test negative will be home quarantined while as positive cases are be referred to hospitals for isolation.

The DC said that every person who reaches Budgam through any mode will be accommodated, quarantined at JNV Budgam and Girls Hostel Budgam for sample collection and testing.   The symptomatic persons will be shifted in single rooms each at Mirani Resort Humhama. He said that proper transport facilities shall be made available to all who will test negative for their hassle-free travel to their respective homes.

The DC directed that sample collection of pregnant women should be conducted at Block level across the district. Stressing the aggressive sample collection, direction were given to enhance capacity of sampling up to 500 per day. In this regard funds will be provided to the concerned by the district administration to procure the test kits in bulk. The DC instructed the CMO to ensure training of additional staff for hassle-free sample collection across the district.

In the context of truck driver from Char-i-Sharief who tested Covid-19 positive, the DC gave strict instruction to frame a block wise list of all drivers and conductors who have arrived in the district in past 15 days and collect their samples for the testing.