169 stranded students who were stranded in Bangladesharrived in Srinagar today in a special flight, officials said.
Their evacuation and arrival in Srinagar followed sustainedefforts of the Government of India and the J&K government to bring themhome, said an official.
This was the second flight bringing stranded J&Kstudents back from Bangladesh. Most of these students belonged to differentdistricts of Kashmir division while some belonged to Doda, Poonch and Rajouridistricts of Jammu. The first flight with 81 students arrived in Srinagar onMay 8.
Upon their arrival in Srinagar all these students werescreened and their samples were taken for COVID-19 testing.
Later, the students were accommodated in variouswell-equipped three-star hotels designated as quarantine centres. The centreswere equipped with all required facilities before shifting of studentsthereinto.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudharyvisited several of these centres and interacted with the arriving students. Heassured them of provision of all their needs and requirements throughout theirquarantine period.
Earlier at the time of their arrival here, the students andtheir parents expressed appreciation and gratitude for the efforts the J&Kgovernment has made for their evacuation from Bangladesh, said the official.
Dr Shahid said that another flight with 169 students isscheduled for arrival tomorrow, adding that the government is also makingefforts for evacuation of some 200 more students stranded in Bangladesh.
It is notable that the DC Office Srinagar had purchased bulkair tickets for the convenience of these students.
For their convenient and comfortable stay the Srinagardistrict administration has reserved some of the best hotels – requisitionedfor purposes of usage as quarantine facilities – for their accommodation duringtheir quarantine period.