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Mumbai witnesses surge in traffic on first day of 'unlock one'

Mumbai witnessed a huge surge of traffic as the city marked the first day of "unlock one" which is a part of "Mission Begin Again"

Mumbai witnesses surge in traffic on first day of 'unlock one'
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Mumbai witnessed a huge surge of traffic on day one as the city marked the first day of “Mission Begin Again” on Monday. The Ministry of Home Affairs had earlier issued a new set of guidelines to facilitate the phase-wise dilution of the extended lockdown which has been termed as ‘Unlock One’ by the government.

These guidelines will be effective till June 30 and the first phase is set to have an economic focus. The Home Ministry has lifted almost all restrictions placed under the lockdown, however, the right to implement relaxations has been put on state governments considering the prevalent COVID-19 situation in their respective states.

As Mumbai began its first phase of relaxations, huge traffic was observed by people all over the city. There has been congestion on the Western and Eastern Highways, Sion-Panvel road, Toll Naka and Sion vegetable market. The police are further expecting a fresh surge of traffic post-June 3 as outdoor activities are to be resumed after that. Many people took to Twitter to showcase the situation in the city at the moment.


The first phase of unlocking includes the reopening of religious places and all places of worship for public, hotels, restaurants and hospitality services and all shopping malls which has been permitted to re-open from June 8 onwards. The Ministry of Health shall also issue and SOP for the resumption of operations. In the second phase, schools, colleges, educational/training/coaching institutions will be resumed after consultation with respective states and Union Territories. The decision on the re-opening of these institutions will be taken in the month of July based on the feedback of parents and other stakeholders.

The third phase shall determine the opening of certain activities that will continue to remain prohibited until stated otherwise which include air travel, metro rail, cinema halls, gymnasiums, bars, auditoriums, entertainment parks, large social/political gatherings etc.

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