Mumbai: As many as 169 stranded civilians, including 119 female students, are expected to reach Srinagar, Jammu, and Kashmir from Dhaka in Bangladesh on Tuesday afternoon in a special repatriation flight of Air India under the ‘Vande Bharat’ mission of the Government of India.
The special flight of Air India will soon depart from Dhaka and it is expected that it will land in Srinagar later this afternoon.
ANI quoted a student traveling in the Air India flight, “We thank our principal and the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh for taking our responsibility and helping us during this crucial time. They also made sure that we are doing fine and provided us food.”
“We thank the authorities in Bangladesh as well as India to get us back home,” another student added.
“The 4th @airindiain flight to #Srinagar from #Dhaka under #VandeBharatMission has taken-off. 167 students & 2 senior citizens are on their way home,” the Indian Embassy said in a tweet.
The 4th @airindiain flight to #Srinagar from #Dhaka under #VandeBharatMission has taken-off. 167 students & 2 senior citizens are on their way home. @rivagdas @listenshahid @kansalrohit69 @diprjk pic.twitter.com/NhI5VqAxVI
— India in Bangladesh (@ihcdhaka) May 19, 2020
The phased evacuation is being carried out under the second phase of the Vanda Bharat Mission, which started on May 16.
To facilitate the return of stranded Indian nationals in Oman, the Indian government has decided to operate more special flights to Bangalore, Calicut, Delhi, Kannur, Kochi, and Gaya on 20, 21, 22 and 23 May.
Under the second phase, a total of 149 flights, including feeder flights, are expected to operate to bring back stranded Indians from 40 countries.