Over 1000 stranded Meghalaya citizens to return home from Karnataka, few decide to stay back

Shillong, May 17: Meghalaya Government is providing transportation by rail to stranded persons in Karnataka to return home.

More than 1000 individuals will be returning to the state, informed official sources.

However, it was informed that several persons, including students from colleges in Bengaluru have decided to stay back, citing risks in travelling by train, exams and mandatory quarantine for the entire family.

Banteilang Kharmawlong, a student of St. Claret College in Bengaluru said, “travelling by train increases the risk of contact with several people, and to prevent the further spread of the virus by containment, it would be better if I stayed back.”

“It is high time for us to be careful in our actions, since cases are increasing day by day. If I returned home, I will be distracted in my studies, I will not be able to concentrate on the approaching exams. Also, if offline mode of exams is announced, my time would be wasted as I would be quarantined for 28 days,” Kharmawlong said.

Students who decided to stay back mentioned that returning home will create hardships for their families as they will also be mandated to undergo quarantine for 28 days along with the returnees.

They also added that students in their final years are worried about their exams as it hasn’t been confirmed whether it is online or offline.

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