‘Chennai Express’ to reach Jiribam 24 hours late
IMPHAL, 9th May: The first batch of 1200 state natives stranded in Tamil Nadu due to COVID-19 lockdown is likely to reach Jiribam rail station on May 13 morning instead of May 12 while Transporters and Drivers’ Council (TDC) announced to shoulder the responsibility of ferrying the returnees from Jiribam to Imphal.
A reliable source informed that the special train from Chennai ferrying stranded state natives numbering 1200 would arrive at Jiribam rail station 24 hours late than the earlier schedule. The train was earlier scheduled to arrive at Jiribam on May 12 but is expected to reach the station on May 13 morning.
Meanwhile, TDC president H Ranjit informed media persons that the council will shoulder the responsibility of ferrying stranded state natives from Jiribam to Imphal.
Addressing media persons at council’s MG avenue office here Saturday, H Ranjit said that a team of the council called on chief minister N Biren Singh on Friday evening at CM secretariat and discussed about transportation of the returnees from Jiribam to Imphal. As agreed during the meeting, TDC will shoulder responsibility of ferrying the returnees from Jiribam to Imphal, he said, adding that 50 buses arranged by TDC to bring back the first batch of 1200 returnees will be flagged off from Langjing Achouba on May 11 morning for Jiribam.
Welcoming acknowledgement of the chief minister over services being rendered by the drivers in bringing in goods into the state and giving recognition to them as frontline COVID-18 workers, H Ranjit thanked N Biren Singh.
None of the drivers and handymen ferrying goods since the imposition of lockdown on March 25 contracted the deadly virus so far, H Ranjit said and appealed drivers and handymen to continue their service without any fear for the people of the state. He also appealed transporters to follow COVID-19 lockdown protocol issued by health department while ferrying the returnee. He also said that many people of the state will now witness the improved condition of Imphal-Jiribam road and it would be a moment of joy for TDC amidst the difficult time.
He further informed media persons that TDC has formed a 20-member team to facilitate safe return of state natives from Jiribam. Ten members of the team will assist and guide passengers at Jiribam and another 10 will arrange buses in Imphal. Apart from this, TDC is preparing to provide packaged water and snacks for all the passengers, he added.
The TDC president also appealed chief minister N Biren Singh to directly advice authority concerned so that construction of Barak and Makru bridges complete this year.