507 passengers quarantined at different locations in city
Following the day-long stand-off over institutional quarantine between a group of train passengers who arrived from New Delhi at the Bengaluru city railway station and the health authorities, the Karnataka government decided to send back the 36 passengers concerned via an additional bogie that was attached to a New Delhi-bound train on Thursday night.
Around 507 passengers were quarantined at various hotels and centres while seven of them who were over 80 years old and pregnant women were quarantined at designated hospitals.
The 36 passengers who refused to be quarantined will either deboard at New Delhi or at Secunderabad, as most of them are said to have boarded the train from the neighbouring state.
After a requisition made by IGP (Railways) D Roopa, Indian Railways decided to attach an additional boogie to take these passengers back from Bengaluru city.
SWR’s PRO Vijaye E said, “The Delhi -KSR Bengaluru train that arrived this morning had 543 passengers, as understood from BBMP. (The Railways does not count people at the exit and the health protocol is taken care of by the state government).”
“Around 140 passengers were reluctant to go for institutional quarantine, but after persuasion by senior officials most of them agreed. But 19 of them preferred to go back to New Delhi which was facilitated by the Railways at very short notice by attaching an extra coach in today’s train to Delhi,” Vijaye E added.
Passengers who booked return tickets were: Bengaluru 17, Secunderabad 10, Guntakal 2, Ananthpur 4, New Delhi 1. Two passengers booked online in the morning to Secunderabad.
20 passengers went to their states
As per sources, around 20 passengers hailing from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Ananthpur in Andhra Pradesh were allowed to board private taxis to their respective destinations. “These passengers had already applied for an e-pass from their state governments. As they did not have a printed copy, after confirming with our counterparts in the neighbouring states, they were sent back in private taxis,” said an officer who was at the scene.
Who are quarantined where?
5 Star Hotel
Leela Palace 4
GM Plaza 26
Hotel Bell 60
BG Inn 50
Chethan Intl 31
Free Govt Quarantine
HSR Layout Vargikrutha Hostel 46
Hospital Quarantine 7
Passengers sent back 36