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Covid-19: 4 states seal borders, Rajasthan orders closure | India News


Maharashtra, Goa, Bihar and West Bengal have sealed their borders for buses from March 22 to 31. Mizoram suspended the issuance of interior line permits with immediate effect to prevent outsiders from entering the state.

In Maharashtra, restrictions were imposed on the entry and exit of MSRTC buses, those of other state-owned transport companies, and private tour buses. Goa sealed its borders with Maharashtra and Karnataka from midnight on Saturday. All passenger vehicles will be denied entry and only bona fide residents of Goa will be allowed entry. Bengal will not allow buses to enter or leave until March 31.

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Bihar has suspended all interstate bus services until March 31. Rajasthan has ordered a closure until March 31, while Odisha will close five districts until March 29. Tnn

We do not want tourists to come to Goa until the situation is solved: Minister of Health

Maharashtra will seal its borders with more than 3,500 tourist buses, especially luxury coach with AC berths, that arrive and depart daily from Mumbai. However, the restrictions do not apply to private cars, tourist taxis, trucks, and other heavy vehicles.

“Transport operators are requested not to send any contracted transport buses from Maharashtra for interstate operations. Also, no bus must leave any station outside of Maharashtra to reach the state border after midnight on Saturday. These instructions have been made known to all bus operators in and out of state and will be strictly enforced, ”said Maharashtra Transport Commissioner Shekhar Channe.

Although there has not been a single positive case in Goa, “taking into account the critical phase the country is going through, it is necessary to be more alert and take all necessary preventive measures to prevent community transmission of the virus,” said chief El Minister Pramod Sawant said on Saturday. Goa issued the transport ban the day after the Karnataka government banned the entry of passenger vehicles from Goa and Maharashtra. “We do not want tourists to come to Goa until the situation is resolved,” said Health Minister Vishwajit Rane. He also said that the interstate movement of private vehicles would be restricted.

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