SC Asks Delhi, UP, Haryana to Plan Inter-state Movement in a Week
The court also asked the Centre to call a meeting regarding the same.
Supreme Court on Thursday, 4 June asked the Delhi, UP, and Haryana governments to work on common policy for interstate movement in a week. The court also asked the Centre to call a meeting regarding the same.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on 1 June had announced that the borders of the national capital will be sealed for a week given the rising number of coronavirus cases, adding that further decision on the same will be based on the suggestions received from the public.
To decide on whether borders should be opened, Kejriwal has sought suggestions from people through WhatsApp or email till 5 pm on Friday, saying that he also needed suggestions and guidance on whether Delhi government hospitals should be reserved for the residents of Delhi.
For the time being, he said, the Delhi government is sealing the borders for one week.
“Essential services will remain functional and government officials can travel showing their identity cards. Based on the suggestions received from you, we will talk to the experts and decide on our future course of action on opening of borders,” Kejriwal had said.
Kejriwal had said that the decision to open Delhi borders can be a challenging one because of the large influx of people from across the country for medical treatment.
“People from all across the country come to Delhi for medical treatment because, first, Delhi's healthcare system is better than the healthcare system of any other state in the country. Secondly, the medical services in the government hospitals in Delhi are free. People can avail free of cost treatment in the government hospitals even if the treatment costs Rs 10 lakh,” he said.
“As soon as we open the borders, people from across the country will come to Delhi for better treatment. We have a capacity of 9,500 beds for coronavirus treatment in Delhi hospitals as against 2,300 patients today, but all the beds will be occupied in just 2-3 days if we have an influx of patients from across the country. What should we do? Should Delhi borders be opened?” he asked.
Kejriwal said some people believe that the borders should be opened, but medical treatment in the hospitals should only be provided to the residents of Delhi.
“But how can we do that? Delhi is the national capital and it belongs to all. How can Delhi deny treatment to all these people now? Some people believe that this practice should be adopted only for the coronavirus pandemic. We have various suggestions and we need your guidance on what should be done,” he added.
Kejriwal asked people to send their suggestions through WhatsApp (8800007722), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (1031).
Delhi shares its border with Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. While Delhi has so far allowed people from its satellite cities - Gurugram, Sonepat, Faridabad (in Haryana) and Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad (in Uttar Pradesh), the neighbouring states have blocked the movement.
However, from Monday, the Haryana government opened its inter-state borders with Delhi.
The Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad authorities, on the other hand, said that their borders with Delhi will remain sealed and only those from essential services or having valid passes can pass through the borders.
(With inputs from IANS.)
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