Shillong (Meghalaya ), May , 18 : Over 1000 Meghalayans stranded in Karnataka boarded the special train back home this evening from Bangalore .
Most of them have reached the Palace Ground, Armane Nagar for the medical screening after which they were taken to the Railway Station for the departure.
An advisory to the travellers from the Government of Meghalaya requested them to bring their own food and water.
Many of them have are facing acute shortage of funds after having lost their jobs due to the economic impact of lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID19.
The Meghalaya officer in charge for repatriation, CVD Diengdoh, IAS said as the capacity of the train is 1500 it has been able to accommodate all the stranded people from the state .
Meanwhile ,Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister, said a total number of of 6, 565 students and individuals, who were stranded in various parts of the country, have reached Meghalaya so far, he said that a train from Bangalore ferrying 1, 250 stranded citizens will arrive in Guwahati on May 20.
He added that the Ministry of Railways is yet to approve the request made by the State Government for operating of special trains from other parts of the country and the Ministry of Railways has approved only special trains for Chennai, Gujarat and Bangalore.