New Delhi: After ruckus at the Delhi-Ghaziabad border earlier in the day, the Gautam Buddh Nagar district administration on Tuesday announced a complete closure travel between Delhi and Noida with few specified exceptions only. Also Read - Unlock 1 Begins Today: Will Salons, Parlours Open? What About Shopping Malls? -- Your Answers Here
The decision has been taken in the larger public interest based on recommendations of the health department’s advice. Also Read - Unlock Phase I Begins; India Now Seventh Worst-hit Country in World With Over 1.82 Lakh COVID-19 Cases
“Dear residents, as per the medical department advice, in the larger public interest, as a preventive measure to fight Covid 19, we are closing Delhi-GB Nagar/Noida border completely, with following specified exceptions. You are kindly requested to cooperate. StayHome StaySafe,” tweeted Gautam Buddh Nagar district magistrate. Also Read - Coronavirus: Cases in Pakistan Rise Above 69,470; Death Toll Nears 1,500-mark
As a result, only those rendering valid government passes or engaged in COVID-19 emergency services will be allowed to move between the states until further notice.
Here’s the list of vehicles exempted from the border sealing:
2. Other officials and health workers involved in COVID-19 emergency services
3. Small and heavy transport vehicles engaged in transportation of essential goods
4. Central government Secretaries with valid identity cards issued by Home Ministry
5. Journalists with passes issued by ACP headquarters
6. Doctors engaged in emergency services in Gautam Buddh Nagar
Earlier this morning, a huge traffic jam was witnessed at the Delhi-Ghaziabad border. Long queues of cars, trucks and container vans were seen stuck as the district administration completely banned travel between Delhi and Ghaziabad in view of stringent lockdown orders.
The decision to close inter-state borders was taken as 137 new cases were reported in Uttar Pradesh over the last 24 hours, taking the total count to 1,337, including at least 21 deaths.
The number of cases continue to rise in the country even lockdown period nears its end for the second time. As a result, some states have been forced to take stricter measures to help India flatten the curve of coronavirus graph.
Meanwhile, a few other states like Kerala have started called relaxations on the curfew. However, as the nationwide positive cases inch closer to the 19,000-mark (18,985 currently), with 603 deaths, the question that remains is whether sealing borders further will help bending the curve downwards.