GUWAHATI, March 23 - A special train carrying people from Assam, who were stranded in southern India, arrived at the Guwahati Railway Station this afternoon. The train had departed from the Ernakulam Junction on March 20.
�The special train reached Guwahati at around 2.10 pm. There were 343 passengers in the train. All were screened at the platform after de-boarding. No case of suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) was found among the passengers. However, all the passengers were hand-stamped and asked to go for 14-day home quarantine. The screening was carried out by a medical team from the State Health Department,� said Nripen Bhattacharya, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR).
Another six regular trains also arrived here today and the passengers of those trains were also screened.
He added that two more special trains, one each from Pune and Mangalore, will reach Guwahati tomorrow.
�In addition, the regular Avadh Assam Express will also arrive tomorrow. That will be the last passenger train to arrive here for the time being,� said Bhattacharya.
It is noteworthy that in wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Indian Railways yesterday announced the suspension of passenger train service across the country till March 31.
Only those passenger trains which had commenced their journey prior to 4 am yesterday are still running till they reach their respective destinations.