Sunday, May 24, 2020

600 stuck abroad to reach Gaya in 3 days

Gaya: Nearly 600 natives of Bihar and Jharkhand, who are stuck abroad due to the Covid-19 lockdown and the cancellation of international flights, will reach Gaya in the next three days. The evacuation exercise is being undertaken by Air India as part of the Vande Bharat Mission.

However, the airlines has not released the final passengers’ list yet and the figures are based on informed estimates. Since the first special flight from the United Kingdom had landed at the Gaya airport with only 41 passengers on May 18, AAI sources have not ruled out a lower turnout this time.

A Muscat-Delhi-Gaya flight (AI-0974) is scheduled to arrive at Gaya at 6.20am on Sunday. Two other flights — AI-0972 from Doha and AI-0952 from Kazakhstan — will reach here on May 25 and 26, respectively.

Gaya district magistrate (DM) Abhishek Singh said all the arrangements had been made to welcome the foreign returnees and send them to quarantine centres for 14 days.

“Gayaites do not need to worry because we are taking all precautionary measures. Any foreign returnee with Covid-19 symptoms will immediately be segregated and isolated. Besides, sufficient number of rooms are available in hotels and guesthouses to quarantine those who come back,” the DM told this newspaper on Saturday.
24/05/20 Abdul Qadir/Times of India

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