Bhubaneswar: The Director of Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Chittaranjan Nayak on Friday said that special arrangements have been made at the station to track people returning from the neighbouring West Bengal.
“We are working along with the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) for the tracking and registration of the passengers here. Exist from Platform No. 6 of the railway station has been stopped while arrangements for both entry and exist have been made at Platform No. 1,” Nayak said.
He further said the officials of the BMC and CRPF jawans have been deployed at the PF No. 1 of the railway station to ensure that no West Bengal returnees can escape to avoid the mandatory quarantine norms of the State government.
A total of 30 trains from West Bengal are running through Odisha of which nine trains are to Bhubaneswar with a daily movement of around 5000-7000 passengers, he informed.
The Odisha government has made 14-day mandatory institutional or paid quarantine for people coming to Odisha from West Bengal by road or air. The move came after Triple Mutant variant of COVID-19 was reportedly among people in West Bengal.
Those who have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine or have RTPCR negative report will be allowed home quarantine for 14 days, informed Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra on Thursday.
“Any person who has been successfully vaccinated (two doses) and produces certificate to the effect or tested Negative (-ve) in RT-PCR test (report to be produced) within 48 hours of entering Odisha, may be allowed home quarantine for 14 days. However, in case of non-compliance of the Covid protocols and Home quarantine guidelines issued by union health ministry and Odisha health department, such persons shall be quarantined in institutional facility for fourteen (14) days,” an official statement from the State Special Relief Commissioner.