Red Zones in Maharashtra likely to remain shut until May 18; Decision on green zones coming soon

Red Zones in Maharashtra likely to remain shut until May 18; Decision on green zones coming soon

A report from last week highlighted the government’s willingness to allow industries in green and orange zones to run with prior permissions and safety measures. However, with cases spiking in Mumbai’s hotspots, the city is unlikely to get a reprieve from the lockdown after May 3. 

Sources indicate that the State Government may extend the lockdown in Mumbai, Thane, and Pune until May 15 - 18. Additionally, the state is expected to issue fresh guidelines for the reopening of local businesses in green and orange zones over the next few days. 

While there’s currently no concrete information about the reopening of public transport in the state, the issue will apparently be discussed at a cabinet meeting later this week. 

The State and Central Governments are said to be in talks with regard to the steps to be followed to curb the spread of the virus in hotspots. A three-tier treatment plan will apparently be facilitated to convert red zones into orange and orange zones into the green. This will consist of increasing quarantine facilities across affected areas. It’s worth noting that the state has anticipated a spike in COVID-19 cases by May.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is said to be in talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as Home Minister Amit Shah over the movement of migrants in the city. Separately, Thackeray is said to be in discussions with Chief Ministers of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, as well as Odisha to safely send migrant workers back home. Understandably, shifting lakhs of migrant workers to their home states will be a challenging task in times like this. The officials are also said to be engaged in discussions to bring back stranded students and parents from Kota, Rajasthan. 

The Maharashtra CM interacted with Prime Minister Modi in the video-conferencing comprising CMs and representatives from all states and UTs on March 20, April 2 and April 11, but reportedly did not interact during the Monday’s session.

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