Bengal, where coronavirus is surging, has decided to keep out people from outside the state where the infection is rampant. The state government has now written to the Centre, asking that incoming flights from eight cities be stopped for two weeks, starting July 6.
The list includes Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai, Indore, Ahmedabad, and Surat, sources said.
With more than 80,000 cases of coronavirus, Delhi has the second highest numbers in the country, next to Maharashtra, where the bulk of 1.86 lakh cases are reported from Mumbai. Tamil Nadu has the third highest number of cases, a chunk of which are located in state capital Chennai.
All flights from eight “high-prevalence cities” should be stopped, Bengal has said in its letter to the Civil Aviation Ministry. Flights from other places should be cut down to one a week for each airline.
The ban is applicable in two airports of the state — Kolkata and Bagdogra, the letter said.
Earlier, several states including Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and imposed restrictions on incoming people from Maharashtra and other states where the infection rate was high.
But the latest guidelines — announced for the second phase of unlocking the country yesterday — the government had barred such a move.
While states and Union Territories, based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain activities outside the Containment zones, or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary, “There shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods”, the Centre said.
“No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements,” the guidelines read.