Air passengers increase, transit QC manpower static
IMPHAL, 9th Jun: Lack of adequate officials and volunteers coupled with large number of persons arriving on flight every day have become a cause of concern at the transit quarantine centre for flight passengers at HRD Academy, Ghari.
As per order dated May 26, chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu entrusted SP Imphal West and transport department to arrange transportation of incoming passengers from Airport to HRD Academy. DC Imphal West will handle overall upkeep and seating arrangements for 500 passengers at the transit centre. Snacks, drinking water and meal for passengers will be arranged by DC Imphal West and DC Imphal East on rotation basis on alternate days.
The order also stated that coordination shall be done by CMO Imphal West and CMO Imphal East on rotation with guidance by State Quarantine team with DC/CMO of the districts concerned for picking up their passengers. Despatching of vehicles for the districts shall be done by team of SP Imphal West, it added.
However, only a handful of officials or volunteers are managing the transit QC, who carry out processes like registration, district wise allocation and communication to each district for transportation.
On the other hand, number of flights arriving in Imphal has increased to four since Monday even though the central government notified a maximum of three flights per day as per request made by the state government a few days back. On Tuesday, 534 passengers arrived in Imphal in four flights. The first flight, which was an Indigo flight (Delhi – Guwahati – Imphal) brought 169 passengers of which 19 had already booked for paid quarantine at different hotels.
The second flight, an Air Asia flight of the same route carried 178 passengers including seven who had booked for paid quarantine. The third flight, an Air India flight from Kolkata carried 21 passengers while the fourth flight, an Indigo flight from Kolkata carried 166 passengers.
So far, 6768 passengers have arrived in Imphal in 42 flights since the domestic flight service resumed on March 25.