Bhubaneswar: 7/5/20: Odisha government has cancelled trains from Surat for returnees following Orissa High Court’s directive to conduct of RT-PCR tests. The migrant workers will be allowed to enter the state after the test.
Surat Collector Dhaval Kumar Patel has confirmed cancellation of trains following the High Court order. Almost 100 trains were lined up and 3 were to come tomorrow.
Reports said 16 trains have already arrived in last five days with over 20,000 migrants. Hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Narayan Chandra Jena, the high court has directed that all migrants waiting to return to Odisha must have COVID-19 negative before departing for the state.
The court has asked the state government to do the RT-PCR tests of Odia migrants in the states they were stranded and directed the state government to bear the test expenses. The Odia migrant workers who have arrived in the state are being quarantined.