coronavirus update indiaas on : 30 November 2020 05:44 GMT+5:30
Maharashtra Home Minister On Allowing Flights:"Extremely Ill-Advised"
"It's extremely ill-advised to reopen airports in the red zone. Mere thermal scanning of passengers inadequate without swabs. Impossible to have autos, cabs, and buses ply in current circumstances" Anil Deshmukh tweeted
Maharashtra Home Minister On Allowing Flights: "Extremely Ill-Advised"
New Delhi: Maharashtra the state with the highest number of coronavirus cases, is showing unwillingness in restarting flight operations which centr has said will resume tomorrow.
On Saturday the Maharashtra government said it is yet to amend its May 19 lockdown order that allowed only special flights, indicating it is not ready to receive people from other states in large numbers.
Maharshtra Home Minister Amil Deshmukh tweeted"It's extremely ill-advised to reopen airports in the red zone. Mere thermal scanning of passengers inadequate without swabs. Impossible to have autos, cabs, and buses ply in current circumstances. Adding positive passenger will add COVID stress to the red zone".
Its extremely ill-advised to reopen airports in red zone. Mere thermal scanning of passengers inadequate w/o swabs. Impossible to have autos/cabs/buses ply in current circumstances. Adding positive passenger will add Covid stress to red zone.#MaharashtraGovtCares— ANIL DESHMUKH (@AnilDeshmukhNCP) May 23, 2020
"Getting passengers to come from a green zone to a red one putting them to risk of exposure doesn't make sense. Keeping a busy airport up and running with all COVID-safety measures will need huge staff presence and compound risk in the red zone," Mr. Deshmukh tweeted.
On Saturday Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said there was no need for quarantine if a passenger have Aarogya Setu app, which helps in contact-tracing, is showing green.
He also admitted that several states were not comfortable with the idea of starting flights on Monday even he suggested that India will try to restart some international passengers' flight early in June.
The other states that have red-flagged the plan of the center to restart passenger flights include West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.
The Aviation Minister said that while most states are ready, a few have questioned the necessity of restarting flights."They said the center should delay it further by two-three days. So, they (ministers) asked the states to send their concerns in writing. But the states did not… This will keep going on. When we are dealing with a situation like this, we should expect that there would be some hesitation. But it is our (centre's) responsibility and we should make efforts to make those concerns," Mr. Puri said during a Q&A session on Saturday.