Lockdown 3.0: Air, rail, metro services continue to remain suspended; private vehicles, buses allowed with restrictions | All you need to know
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Centre on Friday extended the lockdown for two more weeks from May 4 amid the surging number of coronavirus cases in the country. The government, however, announced that some activities will be allowed after classifying areas into Red, Orange and Green zones.
In its order, the government said that outside the containment zone falling within Red zones, certain activities are prohibited in addition to those prohibited throughout the country which includes plying of cycle rickshaws and auto-rickshaws, running of taxis and cab aggregators; intra-district and inter-district plying of buses; and, barber shops, spas and saloons.
Here’s how your movement will get effected as government’s extends lockdown till May 17:
Air, rail, metro and inter-State movement:
As per the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) order, air, rail, metro and inter-State movement by road will continue to remain prohibited across Red, Orange and Green zones. The Home Ministry, however, has said that movement of persons by air, rail and road is allowed for select purposes.
Travel by taxis, auto rickshaw and cab aggregators:
In its order, the Home Ministry said that plying of cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws; running of taxis and cab aggregators will continue to remain suspended in Red zones. However, the government has provided relief to the people of Orange and Green zones as it has allowed these movements in those zones.
Private vehicle movement:
The government has allowed the movement of individuals and private vehicles in Red, Orange and Green zones but only for permitted activities and with a maximum of two persons (besides the driver) in four-wheeler vehicles. For two-wheelers, the government has said that movement is allowed but there won’t be any pillion rider.
Movement by bus:
Buses with 50 per cent seating capacity can operate and no state or union territory (UT) shall stop the movement of cargo for cross land-border trade treaties with neighbouring countries in Green Zones during lockdown 3.0, said the government.
As per the home ministry guidelines, the bus depots can operate with up to 50 per cent capacity in the Green zones, which will be districts with either zero confirmed cases till date or no confirmed case in the last 21 days. "All other activities will be permitted in the Green zone which are not prohibited by the MHA irrespective of zones," the guidelines mentioned.
What does the government notification say?
The government in its notification said that states, UTs based on their assessment of the situation, and with the primary objective of keeping the spread of COVID-19 in check, may allow only select activities other than the permitted activities, with such restrictions as felt necessary
It added that all states shall allow inter-state movement of goods and cargo, including empty trucks. No state or UT shall stop the movement of cargo for cross land-border trade treaties with neighbouring countries.
"No separate fresh permission is required from authorities for activities already permitted to operate under the guidelines. Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) on transit arrangement for foreign nationals in India and releases of quarantine persons; movement of stranded workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons by trains; sign-on and sign-off of India seafarers will be covered under the Green zone."
"Inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles, only for permitted activities will be allowed in the Orange Zone (outside containment zones) and four wheeler vehicles will have maximum two passengers besides the driver."
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma