Decide On Common Travel Policy In A Week: Top Court To Delhi, UP, Haryana

The Supreme Court was hearing a petition on the difficulties faced by people during inter-state travel between Delhi and nearby areas.

Decide On Common Travel Policy In A Week: Top Court To Delhi, UP, Haryana

The Supreme Court was hearing a petition on inter-state travel between Delhi and nearby area

Highlights

  • Need "one policy, one path and one portal" for NCR: Top Court
  • Delhi sealed its borders on Monday amid a surge in virus cases
  • Noida shares a border with Delhi, had sealed all routes in April
New Delhi:

The Supreme Court has given a week's time to Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to decide on a common policy for inter-state movement in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). The top court has also directed the centre to call a meeting of the three states and decide on a common portal.

The Supreme Court said a "consistent policy, one policy, one path and one portal" are required for the National Capital Region.

Delhi sealed its borders for a week on Monday amid a worrying surge in coronavirus cases. The sealing order came hours after Haryana opened Gurgaon-Delhi borders in line with the revised lockdown guidelines issued by the centre, which said non-essential inter-state movement of vehicles would now be allowed without e-passes or special permits.

Uttar Pradesh's Noida, which also shares a border with Delhi, had sealed all routes in April in an attempt to stop the COVID-19 virus from spreading. On Sunday, the Noida administration confirmed the border would remain closed till further notice, stating that 42 per cent of cases in the area had been tracked back to Delhi.

Massive traffic jams were reported at the Delhi-Gurgaon border, with frustrated commuters pointing out that despite the Haryana government order they were still being asked to show e-passes.

The Supreme Court order came on a public interest litigation or PIL filed on the difficulties faced by people during inter-state travel between Delhi and nearby areas.