Navy, IAF fully geared toward mass evacuation of Gulf Indians, other regions

NEW DELHI: On Friday and Friday they said their plane and planes were fully geared toward launching the proposed mass evacuation of Indians from the regions and others if the government assigned them the task.

We have a great diaspora. Our boats are ready, we are completely ready. It will be an ongoing process for some time ... like a bridge formation, said Chief Admiral of the Navy Karambir Singh when asked about the possible evacuation of Indians from the Gulf region.

IAF Air Force Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria said his force had kept 28-30 transport planes on standby for the evacuation operation if the government ordered them to undertake them.

TOI reported on April 28 that three amphibious warships, including 16,900 tons, and transport aircraft such as C-17 Globemaster-III and IL-76 aircraft had been prepared in anticipation of the government's evacuation order, which is likely It could be launched in the first fortnight of May.

The Gulf region has more than eight million Indians, the majority living in port cities. Many of them with family emergencies or those whose work permits have expired are eager to return to India.

If the numbers to be evacuated are large, then the three amphibious warships or landing platform docks led by INS Jalashwa would be a better bet than the planes, as together they can carry around 1,500 people.