With as many 1,400 of stranded citizens about to return to Dimapur in Nagaland on a Special Shramik Train from Chennai at 1 am today, the district administration has imposed a further set of restrictions in a bid to prevent a possible outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the state.
Closure of Shops till Midnight:
As per the Disaster Management Act, 2005, all retail shops and markets in Dimapur town will remain closed from 12 noon till midnight on May 22. "This preventive measure is being enforced in view of the special Shramik Train arriving from Chennai Central at Dimapur Railway Station on 22nd May, 2020", read a notice issued from the office of the Dimapur Deputy Commissioner, Anoop Khinchi.
Prohibition on Vehicular Traffic:
At the same time, a notice sent out from the office of Rothihu Tetseo, the Commissioner of Police of Dimapur, informed that in view of the scheduled arrival of the Special Shramik train at Dimapur carrying stranded persons, all vehicular traffic will be totally prohibited within Dimapur town.
This will be applicable from 12 pm in the afternoon till four hours after the arrival of the train. The vehicular traffic restriction will also apply to the exempted categories earlier notified.
How many will be Returning?
According to the Dimapur Police estimates, 1,477 people are set to arrive in Dimapur on the train which started off from the Chennai Central station.
Of those, 569 are from Dimapur, 72 from Kohima, 35 from Wokha, 22 from Mokokchung, 14 from Zunheboto, 16 from Longleng, 39 from Phek, 164 from Tuensang, 40 from Kiphire, 147 from Mon, and 359 from Peren district.
Meanwhile, the Government of Nagaland has made provisions to ferry the returnees to their own districts and buses have been arranged to take these people back to their native places. It is pertinent to mention here that Nagaland is yet to be touched by the Covid-19. Although a person from Dimapur, the commercial hub of the state, he has been added to the tally of Assam as he was tested and cured at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).