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9,000 stranded people return to Meghalaya
STAFF Correspondent

Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong and Health Minister AL Hek addressing a press conference in Shillong on Saturday. – UB Photos
 SHILLONG, May 23 - Over 9,000 people who were stranded outside the State have returned to Meghalaya and more are on their way as special trains have been arranged for their travel by the State Government and the Railways.

Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong has said that over 9,000 people have arrived so far, including the latest batch of 1,403 people who arrived from Bengaluru in a special train.

Most of these people have been sent to home quarantine, while some have been kept in community quarantine centres. Just one among these returnees had tested positive. This individual, who arrived from Chennai, was asymptomatic and is currently undergoing treatment in West Garo Hills district.

Several people from Telangana are scheduled to arrive soon. “A special train carrying 231 people from Telangana will reach the Guwahati Railway Station this evening,” the Deputy Chief Minister earlier today. Moreover, a special train from Haryana carrying 139 people will reach Guwahati on Sunday afternoon.

“We have arranged for two more special trains from Delhi on May 27,” Tynsong said, urging the people stranded in the national capital to take these trains to return home.

“People in and around New Delhi can call 01123014341, 01123014451 or 9968262299 to come back,” he said, adding that a train will depart from Jaipur on May 26. The Deputy Chief Minister said the State Government was in touch with its counterparts to arrange trains from Mumbai and Pune. “We urge the people stranded in these places to be patient,” Tynsong said.

Apart from trains, there is a likelihood of resumption of air service between Kolkata and the Umroi Airport next week, Tynsong said. He said talks are on to resume flights by next week.

Meanwhile, the Chief Secretary and the Deputy Commissioner will work out the details on the possibility of opening two main markets in the State capital – Iewduh (Bara Bazaar) and Police Bazaar. The two markets have been closed ever since the lockdown began.

“The State Government will take a decision on opening these markets on Monday after the Chief Secretary and the DC submit their reports,” he added.

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