Shramik Special train
Shramik Special train. Image credit - DIPR

A Shramik Special train, which left Pune on May 20 with 973 people from Manipur including 20 children arrived at Jiribam railway station on Sunday.

Shramik Special trains continue to bring back residents of Manipur, who were stranded in view of the nationwide lockdown due to COVID19 pandemic in various cities of the country, to the state.

Soon after their arrival of the passengers, buses waiting near Jiribam, where the state’s only rail head is located, started transporting the returnees to their respective district quarantine centres, a DIPR report said.

Foods were distributed to all the passengers without letting them get down to the railway platform under the supervision of Jiribam district administration including the superintendent of police, health officials and transport officials.

Passengers of far away districts such as Ukhrul, Kamjong, Churachandpur and Pherzawl were sent out first after the passengers boarded their respective buses, the report said.

Buses ferrying the passengers will drop them at district common drop points located at the district headquarters of Ukhrul, Churachandpur (for Pherzawl/ Churachanpur), Chandel (for Chandel/Tengnoupal), Imphal East /Khuman Lampak (for Imphal East/Khuman Lampak), Kangpokpi, Senapati, Noney, Kakching, Tamenglong, Bishnupur, Thoubal, Thoubal, Imphal West and Jiribam.

Among the districts, Ukhrul has the maximum returnees (117 including a baby).

District wise returnees are: Churachanpur & Pherzawl districts – 157 (8 babies), Chandel and Tengnoupal districts – 34, Imphal East and Kamjong districts – 125 (2 babies), Kangpokpi district – 99 (1 baby), Senapati & Noney districts – 121 (2 babies), Kakching – 38, Tamenglong – 55 (1 baby), Bishnupur district – 70 (1 baby), Thoubal – 48 (1 Baby) and Imphal West – 109 (3 babies).

Another special train carrying stranded people of the state from Delhi is on its way to Manipur after it left Delhi railway station on May 23, according to sources available here.

Sobhapati Samom

Sobhapati Samom is Northeast Now Correspondent in Imphal. He can be reached at: ssamom@gmail.com