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Two trains bring in 300 people in Goa despite CM’s request to avoid the stop

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Panaji: Notwithstanding the request by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Union Railway ministry allowed the trains to take a stop at Madgao Railway station bringing in more than 300 passengers.

South Goa District Collector Ajit Roy told reporters in Margao that two trains had a stop at Madgao Railway station, after which they were tested for COVID-19 infection.

Earlier this week, Sawant had requested the union railway ministry not to allow these trains to take a stop to Margao or any other station in the state.

The first Rajdhani Express train running between Thiruvananthapuram to New Delhi  arrived at Madgao Railway station at around 12 noon bringing in 35 passengers on it.

This was the first regular train that has run during the lockdown except special Shramik Express trains that ply from Goa ferrying people to different destinations.

Another train from Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram arrived at 2.30 pm bringing in 288 passengers, Roy said adding that the passengers from both the trains were taken by special buses to South Goa District Hospital where they were tested for COVID-19 infection.

State health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Saturday tweeted that all the passengers who alighted from Thiruvananthapuram to New Delhi train were tested negative.

“Results of 35 people who came from Trivandrum via rail are reported Negative. Another lot of 100 out of 288 have arrived from Delhi via rail. Their swabs are taken and testing is underway. They will be sent to Fatorda stadium for quarantine until the results are out,” Rane tweeted.

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