Stranded J&K residents arriving by trains to be tested for Covid-19: officials

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The Jammu and Kashmir government has given green signal to the arrival of trains in the Union Territory with its residents being evacuated from different parts of the country amid the Covid-19 lockdown.

The inflow through trains was preceded by the regulated road transportation of the stranded persons via Lakhanpur, said an official.

The trains entering the Union Territory will disembark the passengers at Udhampur railway station. The first train is expected to arrive on Sunday evening or Monday morning.

The highly regulated homecoming of such persons aboard the trains has been initiated with elaborate preemptive arrangements.  The authorities have framed intensive protocols and established detailed procedure for their district wise return.

District administration Udhampur has created a fresh sample collection capacity of 1000 per day for train returnees as there will be 100 percent testing of the passengers for Covid-19.