Pune, May 17, 2020: The initiative of the Maharashtra Government bore fruits when 1345 of its students who were in Delhi for UPSC exam preparations, safely departed from Old Delhi via a special train for Pune. They were stranded due to COVID19 pandemic. The train left Delhi on Saturday at 10 pm after completing medical tests at Ambedkar stadium.
Madhavi Garud expressed happiness and thanked the State government and railways for all help and cooperation. Snehal Chavan said, “We are very happy that we are going to our home.”
Pune District Collector Naval Kishore Ram said that 1345 students are returning from Delhi and they will reach today. Many of them will get down at Bhusawal, Nashik and Kalyan. 489 students will alight at Pune railway station out of which 160 students from Pune district, 57 from Satara district, 40 from Sangli, 60 from Kolhapur, 62 from Latur, 32 from Osmanabad, 68 from Solapur, 2 from Sindhudurg and 8 from Ratnagiri district. From here, they will go by buses.
Maharashtra Chief Minister’s office has informed that 11,379 Maharashtra State Transport (ST) buses have ferried 1,41,798 migrant labourers to the borders of states like Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, and Karnataka.
The current count of COVID19 patients in Maharashtra is 30706 after 1606 new were identified yesterday. From these, 7088 Covid19 patients have been cured and discharged from the respective hospitals, informed Health Minister Rajesh Tope.