Rajasthan government has written a letter to the Centre asking to extend Vande Bharat Mission flights to Jodhpur and Udaipur and set up customs and immigration facilities.
The State wants to facilitate expatriates who want to return to Rajasthan from various countries on VBM Flights.
If these flights are extended to Jodhpur and Udaipur, then these passengers can visit their hometowns directly instead of landing in Jaipur and staying in a 14-day quarantine.
The Additional Chief secretary Subodh Agarwal, Head of Coordination, Migration (Air), wrote to the center and asked them to set up customs and immigration facilities at Jodhpur and Udaipur airports to facilitate the expansion of flights from Vande Bharat to these cities.
Currently, these passengers need to go to paid institutional quarantine to various city hotels as these flights land in Jaipur.
“I have written to the Union home secretary urging him to direct departments such as customs, immigration and civil aviation to issue requisite clearances and permissions along with operations of non-scheduled and chartered flights to Udaipur and Jodhpur,” said Agarwal.
In the first phase of Vande Bharat, at least 3,000 Rajasthanis stuck in various countries, including Britain, were brought back.
Likewise, almost 1,000 Rajasthanis were brought back in the second phase.