Intensify night patrolling on highways, orders CM

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Intensify night patrolling on highways, orders CM

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 | PNS | Lucknow

With migrant workers still stranded at the UP borders demanding that they be allowed to go home, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed intensive patrolling on highways in night to prevent unsafe travel of the migrant workers and their families.

“Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during his meeting with Team 11 officials here on Monday has directed the Transport department and the director general of police to ensure that no migrant travels unsafe in the state. He has asked them to intensify patrolling at night on the highways and other roads,” Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Awasthi said here on Monday.

The chief minister has also taken cognisance of crowds at several places in the bordering districts and asked the authorities to manage the with calm and planning.

The chief minister said that only trains and buses should be used to ferry the migrants after their medical screening and after providing them food and water.

UP has already arranged 12,000 buses, along with 200 private buses in each district, to ferry the migrants besides the special trains.

Awasthi added that arrangements like tents, water, food and buses have been made at all the borders and toll plazas so that the migrants are taken care off while UP government has also written to other states to send the list of their migrants who are struck in UP so that they can be transported to their respective states and districts .

On the other hand, the state has received 590 special trains from different states ferrying 7.60 lakh migrants to UP. Among these, a record 275 trains have come from Gujarat with 3.75 lakh migrants followed by 140 trains from Maharashtra with 1.75 lakh migrants and 101 trains from Punjab with 1.20 lakh migrants .

The government has also proposed to provide Oximetry to the health teams in the villages and other places to check the COVID-19 suspects by their oxygen flow, as breathlessness is one of the main symptoms of coronavirus infection.

Meanwhile, the government has decided to increase the Covid hospital beds to one lakh by the end of this month. At present there are 60,000 beds in Covid hospitals.

Similarly, the number of sample testing for COVID-19 would be increased to 10,000 per day against the present testing of over 6,000 samples per day.

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