Pune: E-pass still mandatory to travel inter-district and inter-state

Akshay Badwe
Monday, 24 August 2020

Deputy CM of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar has clarified that e-pass is still mandatory for inter-state travel

Pune: The central government on Saturday asked all states to ensure there are no restrictions on inter-state and intra-state movement of goods and people in the current ‘Unlock’ process.

Although it is under ‘Unlock’ mode, Maharashtra has clearly instructed District Collectors and administrations to execute strict restrictions on movement which has caused problems in intra- and inter-state movement of people as they have to get an ‘e-pass’ to travel from one place to another.

While expressing doubts about the implementation of the central government's order to start inter-state and inter-state transport in Maharashtra, the state government will continue to make use of e-pass for travelling, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar clarified on Sunday. He stated that the decision about the e-pass will be taken after discussions with the Chief Minister and the Home Minister.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday inaugurated the Jumbo COVID Care Centre at Government Engineering College, Shivajinagar in Pune. The Deputy CM who was present at the event informed the mediapersons about the e-pass. Pawar said, "The decision will be taken after analysing and monitoring the situation of the spread of COVID-19 in the regions. No immediate decision will be made and e-pass will remain mandatory for inter-district and inter-state travel. The new rule will be decided after considering all the issues and after discussion with the Chief Minister.”

Pawar also stated about the measures taken to prevent the infection, its consequences and a new plan to curtail the further spread of the virus. The central government has directed all state governments to ensure that there are no restrictions on inter-state and inter-state transport.

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