Guwahati: The Dibrugarh-bound special train which departed from Delhi today, will now operate for the next seven days on a regular basis.
Speaking to the media persons in Guwahati, Assam Health Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that the special train from Delhi to Dibrugarh will operate for a week.
Dr. Sarma said, “ Yesterday night we had a discussion with the Railway board and came to know that this train will operate from Delhi to Dibrugarh for the next 7 days on a regular basis. And this train will travel through Mugasarai, Kanpur, Barauni, New Jalpaiguri and other COVID1-9 affected areas. On those particular stations, Assam-bound people will board the special train and will continue the journey to Assam”.
“As almost every state in India is affected by COVID-19, the governments of the respective states don’t want to take extra burden of treating patients from other states as it is quite difficult to provide adequate medical attention to everyone. So we also want that our people should return to Assam so that we can provide them with all the medical facilities and thus this train service is actually very important for us,” said Dr. Sarma
Dr. Sarma also added, “Amongst the passengers to Dibrugarh, many are also from Arunachal Pradesh as their government has also decided to bring back their stranded citizens by train”.
However, among the 887 people who boarded the Dibrugarh-bound train today, 37 passengers will get down at Guwahati.