New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced sealing of Delhi's borders with neighbouring states for one week, during which only essential services will be allowed for inter-state travel. 

News agency PTI quoted Kejriwal saying that he has sought suggestions on opening of borders with Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. 

"For now, we are sealing Delhi's borders for one week; People engaged in essential services, having passes will be allowed," said Kejriwal while addressing the media. 

"Delhiites can send suggestions on opening of borders to WhatsApp number 8800007722, by Friday 5 pm," he added. 

Kejriwal also announced that apart from other relaxations already announced, all shops in markets and barber shops will also be allowed to open across the national capital. 

"Apart from whatever was allowed till now, barbershops and salons will be opened but spas will remain closed. We were following odd-even rule for shops in markets but the central government has not stated any such rule, so all shops can open now," he said. 

The Delhi government is in favour of allowing movement of people from Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and other cities of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana under the national capital region (NCR) as the nation exits the lockdown in a phased manner. 

On Sunday, PTI quoted an official saying the Delhi government has not opposed movement of people from these cities and it is the authorities in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana who have firmed up restrictions on borders with the national capital citing spike in COVID-19 cases.

While announcing 'Unlock-1' to be effectuated from June 8, the Union Home Ministry said that there shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods and no additional permission required for such travels.

It, however, said that if a state or Union Territory, based on reasons of public health and its assessment of the situation, proposes to regulate movement of persons, it will give wide publicity in advance regarding the restrictions to be placed on such movement, and the related procedures to be followed.

A senior government official in the East Delhi district administration said, "There are lakhs of people from Noida and Greater Noida, who come to Delhi for works and vice versa. If authorities in Noida and Greater Noida agree to hold a meeting to start inter-state movement, a final decision can be taken."

On Friday, tightening of traffic restrictions by Gurgaon and Ghaziabad administrations on their borders with Delhi to contain the spread of coronavirus had led to chaos and vehicular congestion.

The Noida-Delhi border was sealed on April 21 with officials saying the decision was taken as several of the COVID-19 cases in Gautam Buddh Nagar were linked to Delhi.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta