Thursday, March 03, 2022

Have arranged for Op Ganga flights from airport close to Ukraine-Romania border as well: Scindia

New Delhi: Union aviation minister J M Scindia on Wednesday said he has arranged for some evacuation flights from the airport of a town close to the Ukraine-Romania border so that a significant number of Indian students are saved the almost seven-hour drive to capital Bucharest. Over the next three days, close to 5,000 students will be flown to India from Bucharest and the airport in the border town, Suceava.

“I will be moving to the border crossing town on Thursday afternoon (local time) and will remain there till every Indian students reaching here is safely brought home. Bucharest is about 6.5-hour drive from the border. I have arranged for two flights on Thursday and four on Friday to land straight from India to Suceava, from where some Indian students will fly home. The remaining will be brought to Bucharest and flown home from the capital. In all, about 5,000 will be flown over Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,” said Scindia who is in Romania as PM Modi-deputed special representative to Romania and Moldova to facilitate evacuation of Indians.

Just as he was speaking to the Indian media at the Bucharest airport on Wednesday night (IST), an Indian Air Force C-17 Globemaster landed in Bucharest with relief material. “The Indian diaspora has been very helpful and they are assisting in every way, even cooking for the Indian students coming from Ukraine. I thank the Indian embassy personnel and our ambassador to Romania, Rahul Shrivastava,” Scindia said.

03/03/22 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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