Samudra Setu Mission: INS Shardul to bring back 200 stranded Indians in Iran
Gujarat : Indian Navy is also playing its part well in rescuing Indians stranded in foreign lands. After successful rescue operations in Sri Lanka and Maldives, Samudra Setu operation will be launched for Iran. INS Shardul will bring back Indians from Iran's Bandar Abbas port to Porbandar in Gujarat. This is part of the third phase of Vande Bharat Mission as announced by Minister of External Affairs Dr S Jaishankar in May.
In this most of the people who are being rescued are the fishermen from Gujarat. There are also some seafarers and workers.
A 15-member team from the Indian Mission in Tehran and its Consulates in Bandar Abbas and Zahedan will coordinate the repatriation.
The second phase of Samudra Setu from Iran is expected to facilitate the return of fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
In May, India started repatriation of its citizens from the Maldives via INS Jalashwa and INS Magar. This was expanded to Sri Lanka in June. More than 2500 people in the two countries have been brought back via two Navy ships.