Disinfection tunnel forgotten

(LEFT) Returnees exiting Dimapur Railway Station on May 25 without going through the luggage disinfection process. (RIGHT) On May 22, returnees’ luggage was sprayed with disinfectant. (Morung Photos)
(LEFT) Returnees exiting Dimapur Railway Station on May 25 without going through the luggage disinfection process. (RIGHT) On May 22, returnees’ luggage was sprayed with disinfectant. (Morung Photos)

Morung Express News
Dimapur | May 25


Two kiosks set up at the Dimapur Railway Station for disinfecting luggage of returnees went unused today. The kiosks, called ‘Disinfectant Tunnel’ were installed right at the entrance to the railway station on May 22 as part of preparations to receive the first wave of returnees to Nagaland from Chennai by the Indian Railways' Special Shramik train.


But 3 days later, as the second Shramik train arrived, no personnel were seen stationed at the kiosks. As opposed to the first day, when each returnee’s luggage was put through the ‘tunnel’ and sprayed with disinfectant, no such process was followed for the returnees alighting from the Gurugram-NE Shramik train.  As observed by The Morung Express, the returnees after emerging from platform were allowed to bypass the luggage disinfection process and transported to the Screening Centre at  Agri Expo, 4th Mile. 


The kiosks along with disinfectants were donated by the Confederation of Nagaland Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CNCCI) and inaugurated by Y Kikheto Sema, Agriculture Production Commissioner and Commissioner & Secretary, Agriculture, who is incharge of COVID-19 related activities in Dimapur. 


When contacted, the CNCCI maintained that it had only donated the apparatus and was not responsible for operating and maintaining it.