Have to continue travel restrictions from Noida, Ghaziabad to Delhi: UP govt tells SC

New Delhi: In the wake of rising coronavirus cases in the national capital, the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government on Friday told the Supreme Court that it will continue travel restrictions between Noida- Delhi and Ghaziabad-Delhi border. Also Read – Now, You Can Find COVID-19 Testing Centres Across India Through This New Google Tool

The Uttar Pradesh government asserted that it will allow movement of only essential services as COVID-19 cases in Delhi are 40 times that of Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad. Also Read – 97-Year-Old Agra Man Defeats Coronavirus, DM Says ‘His Recovery Comes As a Ray of Hope’

Responding to Supreme Court after it asked Noida DM that it can’t have separate guidelines, the Uttar Pradesh government informed the Apex Court that it may have to continue with the restrictions imposed on the movement at the borders with Delhi, since the COVID-19 cases in the national capital are almost 40 times more than in Noida and Ghaziabad.

The Yogi Adityanath government’s counsel informed a bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MR Shah that there are more than 32,000 cases in Delhi, and more than 1,000 people have succumbed to the disease so far, whereas the death toll in Noida and Ghaziabad is about 40.

The Uttar Pradesh government argued that the population of Delhi is about four times of Noida and Ghaziabad, and infection rate is 40 times more, apart from that, Delhi has allowed home quarantine of infected persons.

The court observed that while there were no issues of travel between Delhi and Haryana, there were some issues with Uttar Pradesh. The observation from the top court came while hearing a PIL to allow unrestricted movement in Delhi-NCR region.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, said the Home Secretary convened a meeting between chief secretaries of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi. He added that Haryana and Delhi agreed, and now there is no interstate barrier. Mehta said Uttar Pradesh feels that only essentials movement can be allowed. The Adityanath government’s counsel insisted that keeping in view the coronavirus situation, it would be difficult to resume movement with Delhi.

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