Bhubaneswar: As many as 138 labourers and students, who were stranded in Imphal of Manipur due to the COVID-19 lockdown, today returned to the state by a special Air Asia flight.
The special flight arrived at Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) here at 2.40 PM. All the returnees are residents of Kendrapara district. After health screening and other formalities at the airport, they were sent to quarantine centres in the district in buses.
Earlier in the day, a special Air Asia flight carrying stranded people from Mumbai arrived at the airport at 8.25 AM. Besides, one more special flight of the air carrier from Guwahati is scheduled to arrive here at 11.30 PM. This is over and above the usual flights coming everyday.
Meanwhile, a team of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) along with officials of Health Department, Commissionerate Police and airport authority has made arrangement for thermal screening , stamping and registration of passengers. Besides, intensive counselling and awareness drive on quarantine period, self care, home quarantine, paid quarantine facilities and referral of critical cases are being carried out at the airport.
This apart, officials have been deployed to ensure hassle free transit of passengers to their destinations. Coordination with line departments and district authorities is also being maintained under the initiative, said airport officials.