‘Hold meeting, evolve common policy to facilitate inter-State travel’
The Supreme Court on Thursday steeped in to deal with massive hardship faced by commuters in traversing across National Capital Region (NCR) after Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh imposed restriction on inter-State movement in and out from their territories.
First Haryana and then Uttar Pradesh imposed restriction on entering of vehicles in their territories from Delhi to check the spread of coronavirus. The Delhi followed the suit and did the same by sealing its own borders. The result has been chaos and tremendous hardship to office-goers, common citizens, and those wishing to catch trains and flights, etc.
The SC on Thursday said the Governments of Delhi, Haryana and UP must hold a meeting and consider evolving a common policy and portal to facilitate inter-State movement in the NCR.
A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said these states should endeavour to find out a common programme and portal for inter-state movement within the NCR.
The bench, also comprising Justices SK Kaul and MR Shah, further stated that there should be a consistent policy in this regard for the NCR.
The SC was hearing via video-conferencing a plea, filed through advocate Anindita Mitra, which has raised the issue of alleged restriction on movement for permissible activities in the NCR owing to sealing of borders due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The bench said a recommendation suggests that there should be one common pass for NCR which should be recognised in these states. It asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to take instructions on this issue and posted the matter for hearing after a week.
The counsel appearing for Haryana informed the bench that the state has lifted the restrictions on movement at its borders.
On May 15, the apex court had sought responses from the Centre and governments of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi on the plea which has alleged that “complete sealing of borders” within the NCR and restrictions imposed on movement of citizens was in violation of the new guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Friday, 05 June 2020 | PNS | New Delhi
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