Assam Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary on March 23rd, 2020, directed the Airport and Railway authorities to make necessary arrangements for smooth supply of medicines, food grains and other essential commodities.
Sanjeev Jindal, Regional Executive Director, Airport Authority of India (AAI) informed that all passengers are being screened at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport. He added that adequate arrangements have been made at the airport. He further stated that AAI would support the Government of Assam for any assistance in the transport sector.
Meanwhile, VV Jituri, Chief Commercial Manager, NF Railway, stated that Indian Railways has announced the closure of all passenger rail services across the nation till March 31st, 2020, except the trains that have already started the journey. Remaining such trains will culminate the journeys tomorrow in Guwahati. However, freight rail services would continue to bring in all essential commodities to the State. Food and Civil Supplies Department would extend support to NF Railway for providing trucks and labour for loading and unloading commodities to godowns.
Patowary also directed the health officials to arrange to stamp all passengers arriving at airports and railway stations for mandatory home quarantine for two weeks, to avoid the spread of the virus.
In order to contain the outbreak of Covid-19, all IWT and private passenger ferry services, have been suspended up to Mach 31st, 2020. The state government has also prohibited the use of passenger vehicles (i.e. Contract Carriages, Stage Carriages, Taxi Cabs, Maxi Cabs) and also private vehicles for transporting passengers or persons plying to and from Assam to other States and Union Territories for public safety and convenience up to March 31st, 2020. However, this order will not be applicable for emergency services like goods vehicles, medical services, fire and emergency services, personnel on Government duty and other essential services.
The state government declared lockdown with effect from 6 pm on March 24th, 2020, to March 31st, 2020. However, the essential services and commodities including water supply, electricity, groceries, LPG, medicine and health services will be available.