Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: With several States now going for temporary lockdowns to contain the spread of coronavirus, there seems to be a rush among air travellers to return to their homes. Though people across the country are supporting ‘Janta Curfew’, many passengers were left stranded at Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.

Apart from Janta curfew being observed following the clarion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several parts of Odisha are now under lockdown phase as part of State’s strategy to check the spread of coronavirus infection.

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As there is restriction on the movement of public transport vehicles including taxis and auto-rickshaws, several passengers who arrived in Bhubaneswar Airport faced problems in travelling to their respective destinations.

“It is a serious problem for the people who are arriving today. Many are waiting outside the airport as getting a cab was also difficult,” said Monalisa Kuanr, an IT Engineer who came from Bengaluru today.

Monalisa had to return Odisha after her company allowed most employees to work from home as part of nation-wide strategy to promote social distancing which is the key to fight the lethal virus.

“After landing here from Kolkata, we learnt that taxis are not available. Some of the operators charged double fare which created problems for us,” said another person stranded at Bhubaneswar airport.

Some passengers thanked Commissionerate Police for issuing passes to travel to airport to pick and drop their relatives and family members.

“People can dial 100 and get pass for emergency services during Janta Curfew today. 40 platoons of police force have been deployed in the capital city in view of the curfew,” said Bhubaneswar DCP Anup Sahoo.

A lot of passengers expressed their gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for taking a lot of pro-active measures against Covid-19 outbreak.

Janta curfew and lockdowns are the best solution as of now to restrict the movement of people and checking the spread of the coronavirus. Even though we faced problems, our problems are nothing and it is time that every Indian should help the Centre and State governments to tackle the situation arising out of coronavirus outbreak,” said another passenger.

Also Read: Let Us All Be A Part Of Janta Curfew: PM Modi

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