There are several thousands of Goans stranded across the world and still waiting for their return to Goa, but due to the closure of the Dabolim airport, they are unable to do so. meanwhile, the Goans stranded in the different parts of the country managed to reach Goa via road. According to the Goa CM, nearly 3000 Goans stranded in different parts of the country had already reached Goa via road.
According to the reports, the chief minister Mr Pramod Sawant told the media that all the stranded persons returning to Goa from different parts of the country will have to download the Arogya Setu app before entering the state. He, however, did not mention anything about the institutional quarantine procedure to those who are returning via road.
“More than two lakh people have downloaded the app in Goa. We will make efforts to communicate with those coming to Goa by trains and road to download the app before they arrive,” Sawant said. The app, promoted by the central government, helps to locate persons with a coronavirus history.
According to the CM, all those 3000 Goans who have already returned to Goa via road had been tested at the state’s border for the coronavirus and they have been asked to follow the home quarantine for the next 14 days.
Talking about the thousands of expats of Goan origin who are currently stranded abroad had registered themselves with the state Government for the facilitation of their return to India.
“The first flight repatriating a batch of these stranded persons could land at Goa’s Dabolim international airport by next week,” Sawant said.
Sawant also said, that 800 Goan sailors onboard a cruise liner were in touch with the state government, which is in the process of reaching the Mormugao Port Trust in the state for disembarking of its crew.
“Two more ships (carrying Goan sailors) are likely to arrive wither here (in Goa) or at the Mumbai port,” Sawant said. Nearly 8,000 seafarers have registered with the Goa government, which is facilitating their return to the state.
Source: Times Now