SILCHAR, April 26 - Following the Government�s decision to allow people stranded in different districts since the lockdown to leave for their respective homes, the inter-district movement in Barak Valley through ASTC buses and private vehicles for three days started from Saturday.
Deputy Commissioner Barnali Sarma along with Cachar SP Manabendra Dev Ray and other officials bid the passengers adieu, besides wishing them safe journey.
ADC Sumit Sattawan informed the media that a list of passengers who had booked their slots for travelling to Karimganj and Dima Hasao districts from Cachar was given to the district on Friday night following which arrangement of buses were made centrally from the ISBT after medical screening of the passengers.
�In all, we sent 126 passengers for Karimganj, Dima Hasao and Hailakandi. Out of 78 passengers who had registered by dialing 104 helpline for moving to Karimganj from here, 58 passengers turned up at the police outposts of the town which served as the local pick-up points and among the 77 passengers registered for Dima Hasao, 43 passengers reached the designated police stations for pick-up.�
�There were 25 passengers for Hailakandi who missed out registering on the helpline. All the outbound passengers started their journey from the ISBT. Also, 11 passengers reached Cachar district from Karimganj and eight from Hailakandi so far,� Sattawan said.
On Sunday till 3 pm, 187 passengers belonging to Kamrup, Kamrup Metro, Nagaon, Karimganj and Hailakandi were sent. The passengers were sent to their respective destinations by seven buses viz 2 for Karimganj, 1 for Hailakandi and 4 for Guwahati, Sattawan informed.
�We have a schedule of sending as many as 400 outbound passengers to different districts across the state and all of them would be sent in phases throughout the day,� the official maintained.
Talking about the shifting of passengers to Guwahati via Meghalaya, Sattawan informed that the Government of Meghalaya has allowed only ASTC buses to ply through the state and reach the destination without any midway halt. In his words, those willing to travel via private vehicles shall have to wait for some more time.
Further, the ADC informed that seven drop-in points, including Katigorah, Sonai, Udharbond, Poliapool, Dholai, Rangirkhari and Silchar police stations have been designated for disembarking of passengers coming to Cachar from other places.
Those who could not go back home for obvious reasons should wait till the Government opens up another opportunity in the coming days, he added.
Cachar Deputy Commissioner Barnali Sarma bade farewell to the outbound stranded passengers from the district to their homes on Saturday.