Pune: State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has clarified that no relaxation will be given by the state government regarding the inter-district movement of citizens after August 1. State government fears that if such movement is allowed during the festive season, then the spread of coronavirus will be large in rural areas and it will be difficult to control the outbreak.
Deshmukh said, "If inter-district movement is allowed at this point of time, then a large number of people staying in the cities will travel to their native place. This will increase the risk of a sudden surge in Covid-19 cases in the rural parts of the state. Hence, the state government is not thinking of any such decision."
"The movement of people during festive season increases and considering the situation in the state at this moment, we cannot take the risk of allowing inter-district movement," he clarified.
The current lockdown phase is going to end on July 31. It was expected that the state government will give further relaxations in the lockdown from August 1. Many believed that the inter-district movement will be permitted by the state government, but that does not seem likely to happen.
Due to the inter-district ban, there is an unusual situation in the state. While air and railway travel has been permitted, citizens can travel to one city or village to another by flight or train, but the same cannot be done with private vehicles between two neighbouring districts. Police permission has been made mandatory for citizens to travel from one district to another within the state and those permissions are given only to a limited number of applicants.
'Mission Begin Again' launched by the state government was expected to ease the situation for businesses and professionals. Several companies, independent professionals are being affected by the inter-district travel ban. However, the state government has only allowed vehicles and personnel engaged in essential and exempted services to operate between two or more districts.