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Uddhav Thackeray seeks more time to resume domestic flights, says he cannot lift the blockade once | India News


MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said Sunday that he has sought more time from the civil aviation ministry to resume national air travel in the state, adding that he cannot ensure that the closure closes before 31 May, as “virus multiplication” is increasing above.

“It was a mistake to impose the blockade suddenly. It will be just as wrong to lift it at once. It will be a double whammy for our own people,” he said in a televised message.

“We cannot say that the closure of operations will end by May 31. We will have to see how we will move forward. The next time is crucial since the multiplication of the virus is increasing. I want to ensure the medical fraternity we are with. senses, “Thackeray said.

He said he asked the civil aviation minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, to give the state some time for preparations to resume domestic air travel.

Amidst the growing number of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, Thackeray also said that more caution was needed during the upcoming monsoon.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a national blockade starting at midnight on March 24 to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection. It was later extended, and currently the fourth blocking phase, with some relaxations, continues and will continue until May 31.

Thackeray, whose Shiv Sena party parted ways with long-term ally BJP last year, said that while the Union government has been of little help, it would not allow for any kind of political confusion.

“The Maharashtra government has not yet received its GST amount due. The cost portion of the Center train ticket (to facilitate the transportation of migrant workers to their places of origin) has not yet been received. There is still a shortage of some medications. Previously, we did it Shortage of PPE equipment and other equipment, he said.

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