Panjim: The second train Shramik Express to Udhampur carrying 728 passengers from Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh Union Territory left Goa on Monday.
The passengers were stranded in Goa due to the ongoing nationwide lockdown.
This was the third Shramik Express train from Goa. Earlier, one train had left for Madhya Pradesh and other to Udhampur.The train to Udhampur left from Margao Railway Station at 2050 hrs.
Earlier, the passengers were ferried from their concerned locations to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Complex, Fatorda, by special KTC buses. The registration of passengers was affected and they were later screened for COVID-19 symptoms by the medical staff before bringing them for boarding the train for their onward journey.
The whole operation was monitored by District Magistrate South Goa Ajit Roy, IAS.
Out of total 728 passengers, eight were students who came from Belgaum by road to board the train.
DIG Paramaditya, IPS, Ankita Anand, IAS, Additional Collector-I Surendra Naik; Additional Collector-III Arvind Khutkar; SP South Goa Arvind Gawas, IPS; SP, Sammy Tavares; SP, Serafin Dias; GM, Business Development, Konkan Railway Corporation, Joseph George; Deputy General Manager, Baban Ghatge, Mamlatdars and other senior officers of South Goa District administration were present.
Jammu and Kashmir Association had contacted the State Government and requested to make arrangements to send passengers back to their respective State. Accordingly, necessary arrangements were made with the help of State Government Authorities to enable the stranded people to reach their native destination.
The passengers who left for Udhampur were from different districts of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh union territory informed by the District Magistrate. The authorities from Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh will receive these passengers upon their arrival and will be sent to their respective destination with proper transport arrangements.
Mr Roy acknowledged and appreciated the work by the whole teams.