New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced that the state government has decided to reopen the borders of the national capital with neighbouring state.

Addressing the media via video conferencing, the Delhi Chief Minister said that the state government also decided to reopen all restaurants, malls and places of worship in the national capital from Monday.

He, however, said that hotels and banquet halls will continue to remain closed across the national capital as the city-state might need to "convert them into hospitals in coming time".

"As a precautionary measure, the elderly people should have minimum interaction with their family members and others, especially children, as senior citizens are most vulnerable to COVID19. Try and remain in a single room of your house," news agency ANI quoted Kejriwal as saying.

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Kejriwal on Monday had announced his decision to seal the borders of the national capital with neighbouring states amid the rising coronavirus cases in Delhi. While making the annoucement, Kejriwal had sought suggestions over the reopening of border, saying "people engaged in essential services and those having passes will be allowed to enter the city-state". 

Kejriwal's decision to seal the borders caused a lot of chaos and confusion among the people of Delhi-NCR, following which the Supreme Court interfered in the matter, asking the Centre to to convene a meeting of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana for easing inter-state movement at all borders in the NCR.

"We are of the view that in the facts of the present case, the Government of India shall convene a meeting of concerned State officials/UTs and endeavour to find out a common programme, common portal for easing the inter-state movement on all state borders in the National Capital Region," said a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan.

The bench further noted the submissions of counsel that due to difference in the decision taken by different governments, lot of confusion and difficulty are being caused to the common man.

"Needful be done within a week," the bench said and posted the matter for hearing on June 12.

During the hearing, the bench observed that there should be a consistent policy in this regard for the NCR.

The counsel appearing for the Centre referred to the May 30 order of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The MHA's May 30 order had guidelines for phased re-opening which included that there shall be no restriction on inter-state or intra-state movement of persons and goods.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma