Kerala prepares 2.5 lakh rooms to quarantine returning expats
Thiruvananthapuram: The state government is busy with the preparations to arrange quarantine facility for large number of expats who are expected to return home amid the worldwide coronavirus outbreak and lockdown. Care centres will be arranged in all districts to accommodate the returnees.
According to reports, hotels and resorts will be taken up for this purpose. On Monday, the government issued guidelines to district collectors for identifying proper spaces for the quarantine facility.
At the same time, the central government has not initiated any action to bring back Indians stuck abroad. Presently, the centre wants the citizens to stay put and safe where they are. On Monday, the Supreme Court also observed that people should stay where they are right now, after centre reported that it would not be feasible to selectively evacuate those who want to return amid the pandemic outbreak.
However, UAE demanded various countries including India to repatriate their citizens who are on work visa. But apart from UAE, no other countries have taken such a stand against foreign workers. Over 10 lakh Keralites are engaged in various jobs in UAE. Hence, Kerala is preparing to face any situation with utmost care and safety.
The state government will take a final decision on expats as per the decision of the centre. At present, steps are initiated to find space to accommodate the returnees.
Public Works Department is in charge of arranging rooms. All facilities for comfortable accommodation would be arranged in 1.24 lakh rooms.
Care Centres with fixed rate as well as free of cost, are being arranged for the expats. In Alappuzha, houseboats are converted as care centres as it assures 2000 beds.
In Wayanad district, 135 commercial spaces including all hotels, resorts and villas were transformed as care centres.
In other districts also, the officials prepared the list of the institutions which will be converted to care centres soon.
Malappuram district has the highest number of expats. Hence it is assumed that, the district will witness the rush of returnees with the repatriation. Those who return with families will be able to get accommodation facilities including AC in villas and houses. Such luxury accommodation will be provided with a fixed charge. At the same time, care centres would also be available for cheap rate and free of cost also.
District wise arrangements for expats at a glance
Thiruvananthapuram- 7500 rooms
Pathanamthitta- 8100 rooms
Wayanad- 135 buildings
Alappuzha - 10,000 beds
Malappuram- 15,000 beds
Kannur - 4000 beds
Thrissur - 7581 beds
Kozhikode - 15,000 beds
Meanwhile, MES group will hand over 150 buildings and MSS will allow government to take up their buildings for operating care centres. All buildings under Muslim League and related groups will be surrendered to the governemnt for this purpose.