Chartered flight for Bhatkalis from Dubai to Mangaluru; More than 350 citizens register requesting to repatriate home

Source: S.O. News Service | By Sajjad Quazi | Published on 31st May 2020, 11:35 PM | Coastal News | Gulf News | Don't Miss |

Bhatkal: Upon learning about the special chartered flight for stranded people of Bhatkal and surrounding regions from Dubai to Mangaluru, hundreds of people contacted organizers requesting to repatriate home, which has now left organizers in dilemma to decide what steps can be taken to repatriate such a large number of people trapped in United Arab Emirates due to Coronavirus lockdown.

A well-known Bhatkali businessman in Dubai, Mr Atiqur Rahman Muniri, who have chartered flight to repatriate citizens of Bhatkal and surrounding areas stranded in various cities of United Arab Emirates due to Coronavirus lockdown, had asked stranded citizens to contact those want to return to hometown. In this regard, a report was also posted on SahilOnline last Saturday, and an e-mail address including the contact numbers of some of the Dubai-based Bhatkal officials was provided. In this regard, it is revealed that more than 350 e-mails were received soon after the news went viral.

Speaking to SahilOnline over a phonecall, Mr Atiqur Rahman Muniri said that more than 350 people have sent their applications via e-mail, as well as more than 100 people have sent details on WhatsApp on the given contact numbers. Hundreds of people have also registered by calling on the given numbers. "I had no idea that these many people have trapped here and want to return India at any cost", he said.

He said, phone calls from stranded people of Bhatkal, Murdeshwar, Manki and other nearby areas including Honnavar, Kumta, Ankola, Karwar, Kundapur, Udupi, Mangaluru and even from Raichur, Hassan, Mysuru and other areas were received. The callers are also requesting to register their names on the basis of having good relationship with the people of Bhatkal. After receiving applications from so many people, the next course of action is being initiated as to look on for further proceedings. Applications received through WhatsApp also need to be checked to see what further steps can be taken to repatriate people to India.

Mr Atiq further informed that we are now sorting out the names of the people who are trapped badly, so that first priority can be availed to them. There have also been requests from many pregnant women. Shockingly, we had no idea that such a large number of people have stuck here. Since the flight can accommodate only 175 people, considerations are underway whether to charter another flight and depart or any other course of action.

He also added saying that our flight will depart on June 11. If the flight services start during this time, the problems of many people will be solved. If not, then we will have to get more chartered flights. We will do our best to alleviate worries of stranded people. "We are getting full support and cooperation from Bhatkal's social organization Majlise Islah Wa Tanzeem in this regard. In the near future, if we receive excellent support from the people, we would like to take all possible steps to solve the problems of the distressed people", he noted.

Read These Next

Fishermen warned against venturing into sea

In the 24 hours till 8.30am on Friday, Dakshina Kannada received an average of 100.6mm rainfall, with Bantwal and Mangaluru taluks receiving the highest at 131mm and 118mm respectively. The least was in Sullia at ...

Zydus gets nod for human trials of COVID-19 vaccine

Zydus on Friday said it has received approval from authorities to start human trials for its COVID-19 vaccine contender - the second Indian pharmaceutical firm to get such nod amid a surge in novel coronavirus infections ...