Over 350 students from Assam who are stranded in coaching hub Kota in Rajasthan amid the novel coronavirus induced (COVID-19) lockdown began their journey back home on April 24th, 2020.
The students would be brought back by road to Guwahati from Kota via Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The Assam government has sent two officials to organise the operation and escort the students.
Ponjit Dowarah, ADCP (Police Control Room) along with other officials were sent to Jaipur on a chartered aircraft by the Assam government.
The officials will facilitate the safe evacuation of Assam students stranded in Kota in coordination with the Government of Rajasthan. The students will be brought back in 18 buses by maintaining social distancing protocols.
“It will take around 36 hours to reach Guwahati. The students will be brought back in air-conditioned full sleeper buses,” said sources.
Since the country went into lockdown to contain the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19, thousands of students from across the country preparing for competitive medical and engineering exams have been stuck in Kota, a town famed for its coaching institutes.
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also spoke to the stranded students and enquired about their well-being.
Sarma told newsmen that Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had requested to all other state government to take back the students stranded at Kota.