• COVID-19 test mandatory for everyone traveling via road, rail, air followed by administrative quarantine for 14 days
• 13 daily flights to resume at the airport
As Srinagar airport is resuming its flights operations from Monday, the government Saturday called for ensuring 100 percent Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) testing of people arriving in J&K by air, trains, or road followed by 14 day quarantine period.
The government said there would be 100 percent RTPCR testing for all passengers returning by air, trains, and roads in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.
“All passengers coming to J&K by air and rail will be kept in institutional quarantine for 14 days and tested for COVID-19 using RTPCR test. If tested negative, they will be sent home, if positive they will be sent to the hospital. This is the state protocol under the Disaster Management Act,” it said.
The government said it had informed all authorities and travellers for strict observance of all necessary preventive protocols regarding COVID-19 pandemic during evacuation process of the stranded people of J&K.
The development came hours after SOPs were issued by the Government of India for the movement of passengers by train services.
The Ministry of Railways is also operating special Shramik trains for evacuating J&K students and other stranded persons from May 12.
At the Srinagar airport, all arrangements and safety measures have been stepped up for receiving evacuees from different parts of India.
As per the flight schedule released today by the Director General of Civil Aviation, only 13 out of 32 routine flights at Srinagar airport will operate for next one month.
Director, Airports Authority of India (AAI) Srinagar, Santosh Dhoke told Rising Kashmir that all arrangements had been finalized regarding the resumption of flight operations from Monday.
“We have finalized all arrangements at the airport and Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) will be followed strictly as advised by the government,” he said.
Dhoke said, Srinagar Municipal Corporation had installed sterilization tunnel at Gate No 1 and they had also set up fiber-reinforced polymer and acrylic sheets to avoid physical contact of the passengers.
“Social distancing will be followed strictly at the airport and no one will be allowed to violate the SOPs. Verification of identity proofs will be done through webcams,” he said.
On Friday, the government appointed Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary Housing, as Nodal Officer for Srinagar airport arrivals and Sanjeev Verma, Divisional Commissioner Jammu as Nodal Officer for Jammu airport arrivals.