Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday urged the central government to permit local trains to function amid the lockdown imposed due to novel coronavirus outbreak.
During the video-conferencing between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chief Ministers, Thackeray claimed that industries in the green zones should be permitted as well as local trains should be allowed to function in Mumbai so that frontline workers can travel.
The local trains are in the yards from past seven weeks due to the countrywide lockdown. However, long-distance trains have now started functioning for special services to transport migrants to their hometowns.
Having discussions with PM Modi, Thackeray asked him to show "specific and concrete direction" on the ongoing lockdown.
ANI quoted Uddhav Thackeray, "Cases are expected to peak in May, it may peak in June or July also. I've read Wuhan is witnessing a 2nd wave of cases, even WHO has warned about this. So, I suggest that any action on lockdown must be taken cautiously."
Thackeray also restated his appeal to the Centre to deliver extra workforce, if required, to give a break to the state security and other personnel to lessen their stress levels.
During the meeting, Thackeray also raised queries on the delay in GST returns. He enquired the Centre to release GST returns as soon as possible to help states during times of economic outbreak imposed by the lockdown.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a video conference with all Chief Ministers, to discourse a lockdown exit strategy. This was the fifth interaction between PM Modi and the chief ministers since the coronavirus crisis in the country.