Howrah: Following instructions from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, ministers Rajiv Banerjee and Arup Biswas were present at Satragachi station to receive passengers last on Tuesday night, from the flood-hit Kerala.
Special trains have been arranged by the state to bring back stranded Bengal people
from Kerala. With the help of two special trains, many people were able to come back. One is yet to come from Tirupati, while the other from Earnakulum.
Thousands of people were seen at Satragachi station on Tuesday night. With the help of the WB transport department, special buses were arranged to ferry the passengers to the different districts.
The people who returned from Kerala alleged that despite of bus arrangements for Nadia, Murshidabad, but there were none in the beginning for Katowa, Burdwan or South 24 Parganas.
Imdajul, a passenger said, “We have come from Chennai by train but we were not given any food or water. After entering West Bengal, we received all kind of help.”
Minister Rajiv Banerjee said, “The CM is worried about the situation. She is looking after everything including the relief work. She has contacted everywhere. She has requested the railways for three special trains. The railways have co-oeperated. The transport department of the state has also helped. Medical camp has been opened here. We are doing all responsibilities as been asked to. It is being seen that all stranded in Kerala can return safely. Arrangement of buses have been made. Whichever area one wishes to go, the buses will take them there. We want this service to reach everyone.”