Despite the lockdown-like curbs in the state, Maharashtra has been seeing a massive curb in cases. To contain further spread of the deadly virus, the government has imposed stricter rules. Apart from limiting the hours of essential shops in the state, the government has announced stricter curbs. The new restrictions under the government’s ‘Break- the-Chain’ programme will come into effect from today and will remain effective till 1 May. The fresh set of restrictions include reserving use of public and private transport among other things. Maharashtra State Police also reintroduced the e-pass system on April 23 or inter-state and inter-district travel.
E-pass Mandatory For Inter-State & Inter-District Travel In Maharashtra
Maharashtra has reimposed the e-pass system for people wanting to travel inter-state and inter-district. Maharashtra DGP Sanjay Pandey stated “The e-pass system has been reintroduced from Friday and citizens should use it in case of absolute emergency.” To apply for the e-pass visit https://covid19.mhpolice.in/ Then submit all your necessary documents and inform the reason for your emergency travel. For online e-passes visit the nearest police station. The police shall help you fill the form and issue the e-pass.
For interstate and inter-district emergency travel, you can apply for an E-Pass at https://t.co/jR6ROcBcPU
You can also walk in to your nearest Police Station for assistance.
We urge all citizens to apply for an E-Pass only in the case of extreme emergencies.#EPassForTravel
— Maharashtra Police (@DGPMaharashtra) April 23, 2021
Meanwhile, here’s everything you need to know about travel within and outside the state.
Private Passenger Transport
- Private passenger transport excluding buses can ply only for emergency or essential services at 50% capacity. Bus service operator must restrict the stoppages to maximum two in a city.
- Inter-district or inter-city travel is allowed only for essential services or in case of medical emergencies or attending unavoidable events like funerals or sicness. Anyone flouting the order shall be punishable by fine of ₹10000/-.
- At the alighting passengers from inter-city or inter-district buses shall be stamped on the hand for 14 days home quarantine. Thermal scanners shall be used and passengers with symptoms shall be sent to a healthcare clinic. Local DMA may decide to do the Rapid Antigen Test test at the alighting point.
Public Passenger Transport
- Local trains, metro and mono rail services will be available only for the following people.
- All Government personnel tickets/ passes to be issued to those in essential services only
- Tickets will be issued to all medical personnel basis of a identity card issued by the concerned medical organization.
- State government owned public buses shall ply at 50% of the capacity with no standing passengers.
Inter-City & Inter-District Transport
- Travellers will be screened for symptoms in the trains and while alighting in their jurisdictions. Thermal scanners will be used and anyone with symptoms shall be send to the hospital.
- Passengers will be stamped in the hand for 14 days home quarantine at all the alighting stoppages. The local Disaster Management Authority can waive off the rules for buses as per the local conditions.
For more information on travel during pandemic, watch out this space.