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Over 1000 J&K residents in Goa heading home in special train


Srinagar: Another train carrying around 1055 stranded residents has left Goa for J&K on Monday a day after a train carrying over 900 students left Bangalore for Udhampur.

The stranded J&K residents boarded the Shramik Express from Thivim railway station in Goa on Monday afternoon.


All of them were screened before boarding the train, which is expected to reach Udhampur by 7 am on Tuesday.

J&K administration has launched a massive evacuation plan to bring back all of its stranded residents from other states of India.

While those stranded in nearby states are brought back in buses, the ones in far-off places are being evacuated in special trains.

The highly regulated homecoming of such persons aboard the trains has been initiated with elaborate pre-emptive arrangements.  The authorities have framed intensive protocols and established detailed procedure 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) at there.

The returnees to Ramban, Udhampur will be sent to Udhampur where their samples will be taken. However, they will be quarantined (administrative quarantine) at Ramban and Udhampur respectively.

The returnees to Kulgam, Anantnag will have their samples taken at Udhampur. They will be then sent to Kulgam and Anantnag and quarantined (administrative quarantine) in their districts.

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All other returnees to remaining 8 Kashmir districts will be sent to their respective districts. Their samples will be picked up in their own districts and then quarantined (administrative quarantine) there.

In case Udhampur has some spare capacity on a particular day, it will take samples of a few more districts in this order – Kupwara, Budgam, Srinagar. Udhampur will inform the concerned district accordingly.

All returnees have to be 100% tested and undergo ‘administrative quarantine’ with no exceptions.  Only if tests come negative, can they be sent for home quarantine for 14 days.