No one without Covid 19 testing confirming negative, will be allowed entry in Mumbai n Maharashtra

After not being allegedly granted the permission to ban the air and train services to Mumbai from the Indian capital Delhi considered to be the financial capital of the country, as was being hyped in the media earlier saying that the government of Maharashtra has almost taken a formal decision with the chief minister Udhav Thakrey having accorded his consent in view of the rapid n massive rise in Covid 19 cases in Delhi n NCR, the Maharashtra government has now made it mandatory as per its new rule that anyone entering this state from National Capital Region, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa etc will have to show the official reports of being Covid free and incase they do not posess the report will have to undergo the Covid 19 test and if found infected will have to undergo the necessary treatment and quaratine for fourteeen or more days till fully recovered bearing the entire expenses , themselves, obviously meaning that this stringent process will help reduce the movement of people to Mumbai n Maharashtra to a great extent.

The union government’s permission is necessary to disallow or ban the air n train services to any states even if the critical emergency situation warrants it as Railways n air services are under the jurisidiction of the central government.

It may be recalled the the spike in Covid 19 cases have compelled prime minister Narendra Modi hold emergency meeting with all the chief ministers of the country on Tuesday asking them about the necessary arrangements being made by them to counter the pademic in their respective states and issuing several instructions to them. As on Tuesday Maharashtra had nearly 18 lakhs case with 46, 653 fatalities the maximum cases in the country whereas the capital city had the total tally of nearly 5 lakh 35 thousand cases with around 8512 deaths. Similarly Gujarat has 19, 8,890 infections and Rajasthan arpund 2, 47, 168 cases while Goa has around 50 thousand cases.

These are the states which has the maximum number of migrant labourers, business related movement etc to Mumbai n Maharashtra.

According to the Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh, the checking at the borders for those coming via vehicles from other states will be expedited from 25th November including at the airports and railway stations. In view of the massive surge in cases n subsequent Covid 19 fatalities in Mumbai n other parts of Maharashtra the Udhav Thakrey government has become quite strict not leaving any stone unturned to counter the pandemic.

According to the Maharashtra chief secretary’s new notification those arriving in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra will have to get themselves tested for Covid 19 , three days in advance and show the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction Test ( RTPCR) at the airport while arriving in Maharshra and similarly the train passengers will have to do so after getting themselves tested 96 hours before boading the train for any Maharashtra destination. in case any passenger is found without the Covid 19 testing report will have to undergo the antigen test and if found positive will have to follow the pandemic protocols laid down for Covid 19 patients officially.

The entire expences of the tests, treatment n quarantine etc will have to be borne by the passengers infected with the disease says the notification.

In India over 90 lakh 18 thousand Covid 19 cases exist as on day with 1 lakh 34 thousand mortalities unambiguosly indicating the fact as to how enormpus proportion the pandemic has adopted with no sign of its receding any further.


Sunil Negi

Sunil Negi is a senior journalist and president of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum ( Regd). He usually writes on socio political subjects and have been contributing articles in print media for the last several years. Mr. Sunil Negi had been felicitated by All India Achievers conference's Pride of India and excellence awards apart from several other recognitions. He has translated a book on ecological disaster of Uttarakhand of June 2013 and edited and published two editions of Uttaranchal's Who's Who.

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