New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A week after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the national capital will seal its border with the neighbouring states amid the rising coronavirus cases, the city-state will reopen its borders from Monday. 

While addressing the media via a video conference, Kejriwal, who on June 1 ordered the sealing of the national capital's borders with its neighbouring states, on Sunday said that the decision was taken after considering the suggestions given by the residents of the city-state. 

The Delhi government’s decision to seal borders with neighbouring states had caused a lot of chaos and confusion among people in the NCR, forcing the Supreme Court to meddle. The top court then asked the central government to convene a meeting of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana for easing inter-state movement at all borders in the NCR amid certain restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite Kejriwal's decision to reopen borders, commuters from Noida might still face issues as the district administration has decided that the Delhi-Noida border will continue to remain sealed and only essential services will still be able to move provided they have the requisite documentation. The district administration in Ghaziabad have also issued a similar order, saying that the rising number of COVID-19 cases is a reason taking the step.  

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Meanwhile, here’s what happened across Delhi’s borders with neighbouring states over the week: 

Delhi-Noida 

Over the past week, confusion and chaos prevailed over the Delhi-Noida border as people, mainly office-goers and with medical appointments, faced issues while entering the national capital. The police said they were only letting in the residents of the national capital and those having government-approved identification cards. 

“I was returning from work last night. There was no checking then. Today, the inspection has intensified which led to scores of vehicles queuing up. This is problematic. There should be uniformity,” Noida-resident Shivang Jain said, as reported by news agency PTI.

Delhi-Gurugram

Similar scenes were witnessed at Delhi-Gurugram border over the week after the Kejriwal sealed the borders of the national capital. Sanjay Kapoor, who came from Delhi's Rohini and was heading to Sohna road told news agency ANI that “earlier, they were allowing vehicles. Now, police are stopping us. They are saying that people with passes will be allowed”.

Shreshtha Arya, a Delhi-based advocate, was not allowed to take his father to a hospital in Gurgaon for surgery at 2 pm. Arya said police told him to go to a hospital in Delhi. “How can we go to a Delhi hospital when my father is being treated by doctors in Gurgaon?” she said, as reported by PTI. 

Delhi-Ghaziabad 

The situation was no different on the Delhi-Ghaziabad border as heavy traffic was witnessed on the Bhopura Border, Ghazipur Border, Chilla Border and DND Border. However, the situation gradually improved over the week.

(With PTI and ANI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma