Odisha Airlifts 180 Odia Migrants Stuck In Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Bhubaneswar: The Government of Odisha has evacuated 180 migrants stuck in Andaman & Nicobar Islands by a special Air Asia flight which will land in Bhubaneswar at 12.50 pm today.

Since in remote areas where there is poor or no rail connectivity and also travelling by road is not possible, the State decided that these people will be evacuated by air. So far, 600 people have already been evacuated by air from Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya, Assam, Himachal Pradesh and erstwhile Jammu & Kashmir.

Officials of the Odisha Government have intensively interacted with the concerned State Governments and also the migrant workers, who are being brought back to the State. Necessary formalities required under the COVID-19 protocols were completed and arrangements were made to bring those workers to the concerned Airports by picking them up from different islands in the Andaman.

Notably, more than 3 lakhs persons have been brought back by Shramik Special trains and many have been brought by road.