IMPHAL, May 11 - The Manipur government has come out with a standard operating procedure (SOP) to facilitate smooth transport and screening of stranded people of the State by special trains.
All stranded persons should compulsorily register their names in the state government website (www.tengbang.in) as well as at the web portals of respective state governments where they are presently stationed, said state Chief Secretary in an office memorandum issued here on May 10. Since the trains are run on non-stop mode from station of origin to station of destination, the first priority would be given to locations where the number of stranded people is sufficient to run a train. Only medically fit persons would be allowed to travel.
Anyone having symptoms or suspected to be infected from the containment zone would not be allowed to board the train, said the SOP. Although food packets and water would be provided by the originating State/Railways, it would be better if all the passengers make arrangements for adequate food and water for themselves as the train will not stop in any railway station.
Although the journey is non-stop from place of origin to Jiribam, it may stop at certain stations for operational purpose though the passengers cannot get down from the train.
On reaching Jiribam Railway Station in Manipur, which is located 222 kms west of Imphal, the passengers should proceed to designated counters for enabling screening in a systematic way and no crowding would be allowed.
Family members or friends are not allowed to go to Jiribam to receive the incoming passengers or at the quarantine centres, the SOP said.The passengers should board buses in district-wise manner so that the buses can go directly to the district-level quarantine centres.