Diarytimes Media Network, Shimla Published by : Kumud Sharma, Updated April 26, 2023 by Diary Times
New Delhi: India has started evacuating Indians from conflict-torn Sudan under “Operation Kaveri“. Indian citizens are being evacuated in several batches by Indian Navy and Indian Air Force aircraft.
Now, private carriers in India are also showing willingness to operate charter flights from India to Jeddah for evacuation. India’s low-cost carrier Indigo has offered its services to the government in connection with the evacuation under Operation Cauvery.
“We have offered our services for charter flights to Jeddah for our citizens from Sudan under the Operation Cauvery rescue mission of the Government of India,” said an IndiGo official.
Further the airlines company said, “We are still waiting for details from the ministry to start these flights, nothing is confirmed yet.”
Asked if Air India (AI) is operating a flight to evacuate Indians under Operation Cauvery. A senior AI official told ANI, “AI is very much capable of conducting evacuation drills. However, no such request has been received so far.”
Evacuation operations began at Port Sudan. An estimated 300-500 Indian nationals have been evacuated from the ship and further evacuation procedures are underway.
Earlier, Sudan’s Ambassador to India Abdullah Omar Bashir ElHussein told ANI, “The evacuation process is a very sensitive process considering the political situation due to ceasefire violations. Due to the distance between Khartoum and Port Sudan, where Most of the Indian nationals who are staying, which is around 1000 kms, will have to go by road. So, it is very clear and obvious that it requires a lot of arrangements and co-ordination. We have provided safety and security to the convoy from Khartoum Provided Sudan. Hopefully, this operation will continue till all Indian nationals are back safely to their homes and their families.”
Operation Kaveri was launched by India to evacuate Indians stranded in Sudan, where the Sudanese army and paramilitary groups are fighting. The Indian Navy has also joined Operation Kaveri, with INS Teg reaching Port Sudan on Tuesday with additional officers and essential relief material.