- Central government on Sunday released new guidelines for lockdown phase-4
- Deshbandi's fourth phase will start from 18 May and will continue till 31 May
May 17, 2020, 08:28 PM IST
new Delhi. The lockdown in the country has been extended to 31 May to deal with coronaviruses. For this, the central government released a new guideline on Sunday. Accordingly, restrictions on domestic and international flights for passengers will continue. Apart from this, Metro train service will also not be started. State governments will be able to start movement of inter-state buses and other vehicles with mutual consent. But excluding the Containment Zone area.
The government operated trains and buses for migrant laborers during lockdown-3 (May 4 to 17). Special trains also started from New Delhi. Apart from this, the return of stranded Indians to other countries started through Vande India and Samudra Setu Mission.
1. Trains service: Some special and labor special trains are running
The railways ran 1000 Shramikar Special trains for migrant laborers stranded in other states due to the lockdown. Through them, more than 10 lakh people have been transported to their home states. In addition, the Railways introduced some special trains for passengers. However, the new guideline contains instructions to stop the metro train service completely. On the day of Janata curfew i.e. 22 March, 12 thousand passenger trains were closed across the country. 23 million people travel daily in these trains.
2. Air travel: restrictions on flights will continue
International flights in the country are closed from 23 March and domestic flights from 25 March. The aviation ministry had in the past asked companies not to book tickets. The ban on flights will continue in the lockdown phase-4.
Why the decision to stop flights is important?
About 20 airports in the country get international flights. These airports can reach 80 cities from 55 countries. Many countries of the world are vulnerable to Corona. In such a situation it is necessary to continue the ban on international flights. According to Statista, around 7 crore people traveled in international flights in India in 2019. At the same time, on an average 13 million passengers and 14 crore passengers travel on domestic flights every month in the country. This is also a large number, which needs to be saved from the corona. 23 million people travel daily in these trains. Inter-state buses and 12,000 passenger trains are closed across the country since Jan 22 curfew.
3. Bus-Taxi Service: States to decide on Inter State Travel
The Center has left it to the state governments to initiate movement of inter-state buses or other vehicles. However, taxi and cab services were introduced inside the district in the Orange Zone in Lockdown-3. But they can only seat two passengers with the driver. Buses are being run in the Green Zone with 50% seats vacant. Only two passengers can travel in the car.