Regular screening of transporters underway
IMPHAL, 14th Apr: The government is conducting regular screening of drivers and handymen of goods trucks, who are transporting essential commodities during the COVID-19 lockdown.
All the trucks are made to park at ISBT after reaching Imphal through the national highways and they are subjected to mandatory medical screening by a team of healthcare professionals. Deputy secretary transport Dr Mayengbam Veto, deputy director Dr David Elangbam and Imphal West district transport officer Th Dinachandra visited the site and assessed the situation on Tuesday.
Interacting with media persons, Dr M Veto said that apart from medical check-up, the department is taking up measures to prevent the transporters from mingling with others. A number of trucks are checked round the clock at ISBT before unloading at their respective destination so as to ensure every truck is accounted for as per information from the entry gates at Mao and Jiribam. The trucks are given a yellow colour transit pass after screening following which they are allowed to unload their consignment at their respective destinations. Any truck, which does not reach ISBT is traced. The transit pass is valid only for 24 hours and they have to return to ISBT after unloading the consignment. They are provided ration and other basic services at the terminus. They are then provided a green colour pass with which they can move out of the state to resume their inter-state services, he said.
Three truck drivers are kept under quarantine at TB Hospital at Wangkhem after complaining of cough and their quarantine period is yet to be completed, he added.
Dr Veto further appealed to all the transporters to cooperate with the government and not to think otherwise over the strict regulations imposed upon them by the government in the fight against COVID-19.