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Jul 31, 2020

Phase Five of Vande Bharat Mission to start from tomorrow to repatriate Indians from 23 countries

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Phase Five of the Vande Bharat Mission is scheduled to start from the first of August. A total of 792 flights which include 692 international flights and 100 domestic flights have been scheduled under this phase to repatriate Indians from 23 countries. 

These include GCC countries, US, Cananda, UK, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, China, Israel, and Kyrgyzstan. Briefing media last evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, these flights would cater to 21 different airports in India and repatriate a total of one lakh thirty thousand Indians stranded abroad.

As many as 54180 passengers have been brought to country's financial capital Mumbai till date from different countries as part of the Centre's 'Vande Bharat Mission'.The Maharashtra Chief Minister's Office (CMO) statement said that that in addition to this, 18 more flights are expected to land in Mumbai today.

Immigrants have been brought back from many countries including the United Kingdom, Singapore, Philippines, USA, Bangladesh and Malaysia.

Under the Vande Bharat programme undertaken to bring back Indians stranded in other countries, so far 395 flights have brought 54180 passengers  to Mumbai.

According to Maharashtra Government data, of  the total number of passengers, 18587 are from Maharashtra and 18192 hail from Mumbai while as many as 17401 belongs to other states.In view of Covid-19 outbreak, passengers from Mumbai were admitted to institutional quarantine facilities set up in different hotels by the state government. While others were sent to their respective districts for getting quarantined.

On the other hand, passengers from other states were quarantined in Mumbai till they get travel passes from their home states.Working of Vandebharat Abhiyan is being undertaken by the state in coordinated efforts of Mumbai Collectorate office, Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Regional Transport Officer, BEST, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, Airports Authority of India, Mumbai International Airport Authority Ltd.  

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