GUWAHATI, May 9 - Pilgrims and tourists who had been staying at Assam House Kolkata after arriving there from cyclone-hit Odisha were brought to the State by bus last night.
Out of these, 25 tourists hailing from Tihu were dropped off at their houses by the Officer-in-Charge of Tihu police station and other seven travellers from Guwahati were taken to their homes at 3 am today.
Following the direction of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, his Media Adviser Hrishikesh Goswami interacted with the pilgrims and tourists from the State who were in Odisha when Cyclone Fani hit the coastal State and informed them about the steps taken by the State Government for shifting them to safe places.
�The travellers could be brought to Assam last night after the State�s Revenue and Disaster Management Department took action along with Kolkata Assam House officials after the Chief Minister�s directions,� an official release said.
Notably, 32 pilgrims arrived in Kolkata Assam House from Odisha on May 6 and Assam House officials took all steps for providing food and accommodation for these travellers. Though train tickets were booked for bringing the tourists to the State the same evening, they were brought to Assam by a special bus after they expressed willingness to travel together by bus instead of train.
The bus started off at 3 pm on May 7 from Kolkata towards Assam and the passengers were accompanied by a Junior Liaison Assistant of Assam House Kolkata and a security official. Drinking water and medicines were also provided for the convenience and safety of the travellers.