Amidst the Covid resurgence scare, the Odisha Government is keeping a check on passengers returning from 12 States through both airways and railways.
While screening of passengers has already begun at the Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA), screening centres would also be set up at the Bhubaneswar railway station by Saturday.
Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary said three to four screening centres would be set up at the entry and exit points of the Bhubaneswar railway station.Screening of passengers from Maharashtra, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Delhi, Punjab, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and Chandigarh would be mandatorily held at the railway station. Passengers showing any Covid-19 symptom would have to undergo antigen test at the station, he said.
However, no such decision has been taken for bus-stands, he added. Meanwhile, BPIA Director Varudu Venkateswara Rao said passengers coming from the 12 Covid-hit states are being screened at the airport on their arrival and those showing symptoms would be kept in isolation. “Every day, around 4,000 air passengers from others States are coming to Odisha. Around 32 flights are flying from and to the Bhubaneswar airport per day,” he added.