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Here are the revised guidelines for travelling during the lockdown

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are on a rise, and keeping the same in mind, the government of Maharashtra has restricted inter-district and inter-state travel for the citizens. Travelling within the city will also be permitted only for selected reasons

Here are the revised guidelines for travelling during the lockdown

COVID-19 cases in the city of Mumbai are increasing at an alarming rate and keeping the same in mind, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) along the state government have taken necessary steps to curb the spread. Strict restrictions have been imposed to break the chain and new guidelines have been issued for public and private transport services. To ensure restricted movement, the general public will not be allowed to travel by Mumbai Local Trains and buses.

Guidelines for travelling in a private vehicle    

  • Citizens have been asked to travel only for the emergency services or for legitimate purposes, whereby only 50 per cent of the vehicle capacity will be allowed, inclusive of the driver. 
  • Inter-district or travelling from one city to another is not allowed. Citizens can only travel within the city if needed. 
  • Inter-district and inter-city travel will be allowed only if the essential services guidelines are met. Meanwhile, travel will be permitted in case of medical emergency, funeral or serious illness in the family.
  • Passengers violating the rules will have to pay a fine of INR 10,000.

Following will be the guidelines for using public transport

  • Citizens under the below mentioned categories will be able to use Mumbai local trains, metro and mono rail services. This will not be permitted for long-distance trains
  • Tickets and passes will be issued to all Government employees (State, Central and Local) on the basis of the identity card issued  by the Government.
  • All Medical Officers-Staff (doctors, paramedical, laboratory technicians and hospital staff etc.) will be issued tickets and passes on the basis of the identity card issued by their medical institution.
  • If any person is in need of medical treatment or is disabled, then an additional person accompany them for the visit.
  • Public buses owned by the state government or local administration can carry 50 per cent of the capacity and standing passengers will be allowed. 

Following restrictions will be applicable for travel by long-distance trains and buses (for inter-city or inter-district)

  • The Local Railway Officer or MSRTC Officer will have to inform the DMA about the passengers traveling on the respective trains as well as the passengers arriving in their area of work
  • Private buses operating for the passengers can carry up to 50% of the seating capacity and standing passengers are not allowed.
  • Bus services operating inter-district or inter-city will be allowed to stop only at two places in a city and will have to inform the local disaster management authority regarding the same. Local disaster management officials may suggest changes if needed.
  • Passengers disembarking at any of these stops will have to undergo 14 day home quarantine and the bus operator will have to issue a seal regarding the same.
  • Thermal scanners will be used to regularly check the temperature and if any passenger develops symptoms, they will have to be referred immediately to the Corona Care Center (CCC) or a nearby hospital.
  • The Local Disaster Management Administration (DMA) will decide to conduct a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at the point of arrival in the city and assign the responsibility of the service to an accredited laboratory. The cost of the test, if decided, will be borne by the passenger or service provider.
  • If an operator is found violating these guidelines, the DMA will impose a fine of INR 10,000 and if such violations are repeated, the operator's license will be revoked till the end of the Covid-19 situation.
  • The local disaster management administration may consider changes  in issuing stamp, depending on the COVID-19 crisis in selected areas/districts.
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