Bhubaneswar: More than 350 persons from Odisha, who were stranded in Jammu and Kashmir due to nationwide lockdown for COVID-19 outbreak, boarded three flights to return to the state.
According to official sources, as many as 366 Odias boarded three Bhubaneswar-bound AirAsia flights which were arranged by Odisha Government. The flights are scheduled to reach Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here this afternoon.
All of them were stranded in Anantnag, Rajouri, Poonch, Jammu and Samba districts of erstwhile J&K and Kangra and Una districts of Himachal Pradesh.
Dedicated teams of officers of the Odisha Government intensively interacted with the concerned State Governments and migrant workers, completed the formalities required under the COVID-19 protocols, and made arrangements to bring them back.
Another flight with stranded migrants from Andaman & Nicobar Islands is scheduled to reach Odisha tomorrow.