New Delhi: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said that his government needs time for resumption of air travel. Speaking to the people of Maharashtra, Thackeray said that he spoke to Union Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri and understands the need for restoration of flight services but ‘we need more time’.Also Read - Is BMC Planning To Impose More Curbs in Mumbai? Here's What Civic Body Told Bombay HC

“Today morning, I spoke to civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri and requested him to give us some time to do preparations (to resume domestic air travel)”, news agency ANI quoted Maharashtra CM  as saying. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Railways Cancels 385 Trains Today Due To Operational Reasons, Foggy Weather

He also hinted at extending lockdown in Maharashtra beyond May 31. “We can’t say that lockdown will be over by 31st May. We will have to see how we will go forward. The coming time is crucial as multiplication of virus is picking up. I want to assure the medical fraternity that we are with them in all ways”, he asserted. Also Read - Video: Property Worth Crores Gutted In Fire At Powerloom Unit In Maharashtra’s Thane | Watch

Notably, the Centre’s plan to resume domestic flight services from May 25, has become a matter of debate after states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal red-flagged the decision.

Earlier in the day, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had launched a veiled attack on the Narendra Modi-led Centre saying that it is extremely ill-advised to reopen airports in the red zone (COVID-19 affected areas).

Echoing similar remarks, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that she will urge the Centre to postpone resuming domestic flight services at Kolkata and Bagdogra airports by a few days as the state will be busy with managing the damage caused by Cyclone Amphan.

Tamil Nadu had also opposed the government’s decision and urged the Civil Aviation Ministry to postpone the plan till the end of this month.