A 14-member group from West Bengal, on a visit to Jammu and Kashmir, has been caught at a lodge in Jammu for over a month now as a result of lockdown and are surviving on contributions from locals, police and NGOs after working out of cash.
The group, comprising members of an prolonged household, together with six girls and 4 youngsters, reached Jammu on its maiden journey to the Union territory on March 15 and have been scheduled to return by practice on March 30.
But hopes of a memorable vacation shortly become a nightmare when the central authorities put the nation below lockdown on March 25 to include the unfold of COVID-19.
Resources exhausted, the group now desperately needs to be evacuated on the earliest.
“The announcement by the Centre to allow movement of stranded persons came as a big relief for us. We have been stranded here for a long time now and need to be evacuated to our homes without any further delay,” Arijit Das, 48, a resident of Nabapally Barasat in North 24 Parganas, instructed PTI right here.
Arijit Das, a non-public tutor, stated two days have handed because the authorities made the announcement however “we do not know how to get shifted from here to our home state”.
He appreciated the residents of Jammu for his or her hospitality and philanthropic method in the direction of them. “They ensured that we stay alive!”
“We have exhausted all our money and are living on the contributions from various persons over the past one month,” Arijit Das stated.
The household appealed to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to come back to its rescue.
“The Jammu and Kashmir government has come out with detailed information about the evacuation of its citizens stranded in other parts of the country. We are also looking towards ”Didi” (WB CM) so that we can reach our homes,” Tapan Das, one other member of the group, stated.
He stated they’d deliberate the journey to cowl varied areas of Jammu and Kashmir with hopes of a memorable expertise.
“The trip kicked off on a positive note with a visit to the Vaishno Devi Shrine, where we offered our prayers soon after our arrival in Jammu on March 15. After visiting various temples and other places of interest here, we started for Srinagar on March 17 and had a bad experience when we were left stranded on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway for two days due to a landslide,” Tapan Das recalled.
He stated they reached Srinagar to expertise curfew-like restrictions imposed by the native administration to stop the unfold of the coronavirus.
“The pandemic not only marred our trip but also left us high and dry with no immediate end to our miseries in sight. We had planned to visit the famous tourist resorts of Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg in the Valley but were not allowed by police,” Arijit Das stated.
Arijit Das, who’s accompanied by his dad and mom, sisters and brothers-in-law, stated they loved sightseeing on the Dal Lake and visited the Mughal Gardens in Srinagar earlier than returning to Jammu on the night time of March 22.
“We booked a hotel next to the historic Raghunath Mandir in Hari Market and all our money got exhausted by April 1 after getting caught in the lockdown. The hotel owner is a very nice person who handed over his kitchen to us to prepare our meals.
“After coming to find out about us, the native residents got here ahead with rice, biscuits and tea and the NGOs, social teams, police and others helped fulfil our each day wants. We are grateful to the folks for his or her gesture,” he stated.