Operation Ganga:First Batch of Indians Stranded in Ukraine Returning Today

An Air India flight carrying Indian NRIs from war-hit Ukraine is expected to land in Mumbai later today, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) officials said.

Union Minister for Textiles Piyush Goyal will receive them at the airport, along with other officials.

The CSMIA has prepared itself to handle the evacuees reaching here by AI-1944 with a special corridor and all necessary facilities.

As per Centre’s guidelines, all students will undergo a mandatory temperature check and will be required to produce a Covid-19 vaccination certification or a negative RT-PCR report on landing.

If they are unable to show these documents, they will be made to undergo a RT-PCR test, at the airport, free of cost, and permitted to leave only if they test negative.

For those testing positive, they shall be clinically managed as per the government protocols including quarantine or treatment.

The CSMIA has also fenced a special area at the airport for them to sit, giving them free WiFi access, food, water and medical assistance if required.

An estimated 1,200 students and people from Maharashtra who had gone for business or tourism purposes are stranded in Ukraine.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has also directed the state officials to coordinate with the Centre for the evacuation process and extend all possible help to the evacuees.

 

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