The Centre would operate 29 more flights as part of phase 3 of Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) that aims to bring back Indians stranded abroad. In its submission to the Madras High Court on Wednesday, the Ministry of External Affairs added that so far 50 flights have been operated to bring stranded persons back to Tamil Nadu.
The hearing of the case was then adjourned it to June 29.
In its counter, the Ministry said out of the 4.87 lakh Indians who submitted repatriation requests, about 2.63 lakh have returned while 2.24 lakh were pending. Similarly, out of the 45,242 requests seeking repatriation to Tamil Nadu, 17,701 have returned while 27,547 requests were pending, the counter added.
However, it pointed out that while many Indian nationals who have returned to Tamil Nadu came via flights that landed in airports in the State, many also came through flights to other states and then reached Tamil Nadu through domestic flights, trains or by road.
In addition to flights under the mission, several chartered flights from various countries were also bringing back Indian nationals.