Kohima, May 22 (NE): The much awaited homecoming finally ends after 67 hours journey for 1477 stranded Citizens of Nagaland from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Special Shramik Train which started from Chennai Central railway station on May 19, 2020 at 11:18 pm has arrived Dimapur railway station this evening at around 06:20 pm.
The special train was scheduled to arrive Dimapur railway station at around 01:00 pm today, but due to cyclone Amphan, the journey got delayed over five hours. Shri Y. Kikheto Sema, IAS, APC and COVID-19 incharge Dimapur along with other officials received the returnees at Dimapur railway station.
Deputy CM Y Patton provided dinner for all the returnees from Chennai. In a tweet Patton said, ‘our people coming from different parts of the country need us today more than ever’ – unquote.
Returnees destined for Kohima, Wokha, Zunheboto, Phek, Kiphire, Longleng, Tuensang and Mokokchung were screened at the Railway screening counter before boarding their respective buses.
Returnees destined for Mon and Peren were directly taken to Agri Expo site for necessary medical screening. All the returnees will be quarantined at various facility Quarantine Centers.
Earlier today, preparation was on full swing to give a warm welcome to the returnees. Confederation of Nagaland Chamber of Commerce and Industries and Business Community of Nagaland, dedicated two numbers of Disinfectant tunnels to the people of Nagaland and was placed at the Railway station, Dimapur.
Dimapur Police has imposed total prohibition on vehicular traffic within Dimapur town one hour prior to the arrival of the special train from Chennai.
Another special train arranged by Haryana government has left for Dimapur railway station from Gurugram this evening at around 06:00 pm with 1345 stranded citizens of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Assam.
A total of 426 stranded citizens of Nagaland is on board the special train along with other Northeast citizens. The train is expected to arrive at Dimapur on May 24, 2020 around 5:40 am.