Now, Chhattisgarh & Maharashtra oppose restart of domestic flights | India News

May 23, 2020

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: Two days before domestic airlines are set to resume flights, the Congress-led Chhattisgarh government has said the Centre should not open up the skies or the rail routes without putting in place effective standard operation procedures (SOPs). No commercial flight will take off or land in Mumbai airport owing to lockdown restrictions, a top Maharashtra official said.
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel wrote to civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri and rail minister Piyush Goyal demanding SOPs for passengers, a mandatory 14-day quarantine, and insisted that the state government must receive prior information, including contact details, of all passengers who choose to travel.
Raising concerns over the resumption of flight services without any SOP, Baghel asserted that it should be made operational only with strict and effective guidelines. He also said it may not be possible to avert the further spread of coronavirus if domestic flight services are resumed at the time when there is a spike in corona positive cases in the country.
A senior Maharashtra bureaucrat told TOI since the entire Mumbai Metropolitain Region as well as Pune and Aurangabad districts are in red zone, it will not be advisable to allow flights. “We have informed MIAL, which control the Mumbai airport that, unless it finetunes airport operations… We will allow only emergency flights and on compassionate grounds only,” the bureaucrat said.
Earlier, Tamil Nadu said it didn’t want domestic flights to resume during the lockdown which is on till May 31.

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