Port Wings News Network:
As part of the ongoing ‘Samudra Setu’ mission by the Government of India to evacuate Indians stranded in different parts of the world by sea, on 07 June 2020, Indian Navy Ship ‘Jalashwa’ repatriated 700 Indian nationals from Maldives.
INS ‘Jalashwa’ had departed from ‘Port of Male’, Maldives at around 2130 hrs., on 05 June 2020 and arrived at outer anchorage of VOC Port at 0900 hrs and was subsequently docked at Berth No.14 at 0930 Hrs. Among the 700 number of Indian nationals disembarked at the VOC Port, 655 are male and 45 are female.
On arrival, the evacuees from Maldives were screened by the Port Health Officials and their luggages were sanitized. On issue of PPE kits by the Port to all passengers, the passengers were boarded into 25 waiting buses and transited to Passenger terminal. On reaching the passenger terminal, self-declaration forms were obtained from the passengers and were asked to download and configure ‘Aarogya Setu’ app in their smartphones, using the free Wi-fi provided by the Port Authority. Thereafter, immigration and Customs formalities were completed and the passengers were guided to the respective buses for their onward destinations. Refreshment breakfast and lunch for all the passengers were jointly arranged by the Port Authority and District Administration.
This is the second call by INS Jalashwa to VOC Port Tuticorin, which had earlier repatriated 686 Indians from Colombo on 02.06.2020.
The entire operations were meticulously guided by Shri T.K. Ramachandran, I.A.S, Chairman, V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust, Shri Sandeep Nanduri, I.A.S., District Collector, Shri Arun Balagopalan, I.P.S., Superintendent of Police,
Shri B. Vishnu Chandran, I.A.S, Additional Collector, Shri Bimal Kumar Jha, Deputy Chairman, V.O.Chidambaranar Port Trust, Capt. Aasish Kumar Sharma, Commanding Officer, INS Kattabomman.
Shri T.K. Ramachandran, IAS, thanked the District Administration, Indian Navy, Customs, Immigration, PHO and Senior Officers of Port for the coordinated efforts taken for the safe repatriation of Indian nationals through VOC Port, Tuticorin.