New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana governments to decide on a common policy for the inter-state movement of commuters in the NCR region within a week.  The top court also asked the Union of India (UoI) to convene a meeting between the officials of the three states -- Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh -- to work on a common policy

The Supreme Court was hearing a petition on the difficulties faced by people during inter-state travel between Delhi and nearby areas. The intervention of the Supreme Court came after confusion on the inter-state movement in the NCR region, with Delhi closing its borders on Monday for a week amid the surging cases of coronavirus, which has afflicted more than 20,000 people in the capital. The order by Delhi government to close its border came hours after the Haryana government opened its Gurgaon-Delhi border in accordance with the  Centre's revised guyidelines for the fifth phase of the cronavirus-mandated lockdown. 

According to Centre's new guidelines, the non-essential inter-sate movement of goods and persons is allowed without any special e-pass required from any authority. However, the Centre also gave powers to the states to assess the situation and restrict the movement accordingly.  

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh had in April closed its border with Delhi in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly contagion which has affected more than 8,000 people in the state. After the Centre announced the Unlock 1.0 under the fifth phase of nation-wide lockdown, the Noida administration on Sunday had confirmed that the borders with Delhi will remain closed till further order. The administration cited that 42 per cent of the total cases in the district have been tracked back to Delhi. 

After Centre's orders, massive jams were witnessed at the Delhi-Gurgaon border, with frustated commuters demanding opening of roads by the police, as the Haryana government had already opened the borders.  

Posted By: Talib Khan