Assam steps up vigil on border; COVID tests mandatory for passengers, drivers
Drivers and handymen of goods carrying vehicles entering Assam through the Srirampur and Chagolia check gates will have to undergo COVID-19 tests at their respective destinations, in the wake of a surge in coronavirus cases reported from different states of the country.
The tests will be organised by the respective deputy commissioners in parking lots, etc.
“Passengers and drivers of passenger vehicles (private and commercial) entering Assam through the Srirampur or Chagolia check gates (in western Assam) will have to undergo rapid antigen tests (RAT) at the check gates itself, similar to the tests done in the previous year,” an order by the Health and Family Welfare Department said.
“For this purpose, the existing infrastructure of the erstwhile check gates under finance (taxation) department may be utilised. Deputy commissioners of Kokrajhar and Dhubri will take necessary action accordingly with the support from the health and family welfare department, National Health Mission, Assam, etc,” the order stated.
“The dhabas along the highways which are frequented by vehicles coming from outside the state will be kept under surveillance and random COVID-19 screening and tests will be carried out at these locations,” it stated.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)