New Delhi: Fearing that it could lead to further rise in coronavirus cases in the state, the West Bengal government on Tuesday wrote a letter to Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and urged it to not send flights from 8 countries which have heavy caseload in the country.Also Read - RT-PCR Test Gets Cheaper In West Bengal: Now Pay Rs 500 At Private Labs

Writing a letter, the West Bengal government urged the Ministry of Civil Aviation to suspend flight services to the state from COVID-19 hotspots such Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai, Indore, Ahmedabad and Surat for two weeks from July 6. Also Read - Maharashtra, Karnataka, 4 Others Among 'States of Concern', Centre Rushes Teams To Review Situation

Expressing concern, West Bengal wrote to ministry secretary PS Kharola and urged him to consider the concern raised by the state. Also Read - Pandemic Wedding: Bengal Couple Invites Guests on Google Meet, Food to be Delivered Via Zomato

The state government wrote to the Civil Aviation Ministry that West Bengal is witnessing a steep rise in cases and a large number of cases have been reported from people coming in the state from outside with infection. “Hence the state government of West Bengal has decided to curtail the movement of incoming flights and trains into the state.

The state government also requested the Centre to not schedule any flight to West Bengal from high prevalence places like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai, Indore, Ahmedabad and Surat starting July 6 to July 31.