350,000 Indian expats register to return home
PLANS AFOOT TO INCREASE NUMBER OF FLIGHTS, DESTINATIONS IN THIRD PHASE
The number of Indians in the UAE who have registered for repatriation has crossed 350,000, which is more than 10 per cent of the 3.4 million population of the diaspora.
Vipul, the Consul General of India in Dubai, confirmed the number had surpassed the milestone when speaking to Gulf News ahead of the third phase of repatriation flights, which starts on Tuesday.
6,000 flew back in 2 phases
Around 6,000 Indians availed of flights home in the first two phases of the ‘Vande Bharat Mission’, the second phase of which drew to a close yesterday. Among these were 170 prisoners deported from UAE jails. Another flight saw 75 pregnant repatriated on the same flight assisted by medics.
Three flights from Dubai and one from Abu Dhabi were operated on the last day of the second phase on Saturday. “We wish all travellers a Happy Eid reunion with their families,” the consulate tweeted.
Vipul said the there are plans to increase the number of flights and destinations in the third phase of repatriation which will begin on Tuesday
as more states announce their preparedness to receive and quarantine expats.
The next phase is likely to have an expanded schedule to Kerala and flights to new destinations, including Jaipur and Ahmedabad.