95 stranded tourists on their way home

The Hazrat Nizamuddin-Vasco da Gama Goa Express left Delhi for Pune carrying around 95 tourists from Maharashtra stranded in Uttarakhand floods.

Written by PRASAD JOSHI | Pune | Published: June 22, 2013 3:22 am

The Hazrat Nizamuddin-Vasco da Gama Goa Express left Delhi for Pune carrying around 95 tourists from Maharashtra stranded in fc. The train,which started on Friday afternoon,has several tourists from Pune,and is expected to reach Pune station on Saturday evening.

Authorities at the Maharashtra Information Centre in Delhi said a special bogie was attached to the Goa express to transport stranded tourists from Maharashtra. “Around 200 residents from Maharashtra have reached Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi. They will be sent back to the state in phases,” authorities said.

The state government has sent a special team of 50 senior officials from the revenue department to Uttarakhand to locate and help stranded people from Maharashtra. The officials visited flood affected places in Uttarakhand. They have contacted 2,130 Maharashtra residents so far,an official release said.

Thane Municipal Commissioner RA Rajiv and National Rural Health Mission (NHRM) state director Vikas Kharge are coordinating the team of 50 officials.

Also,a team of five doctors from Pune,Nagpur and Aurangabad regions,along with a deputy collector,a tehsildar and his deputy and two clerks have been sent by the government to Uttarakhand to assist in rescue operations. Three officials from Transport department have been specially deputed in Delhi to help stranded Maharashtra tourists on their return journey. The Maharashra government has contributed Rs 10 crore to help Uttarakhand.

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