Supreme Court asks Delhi, UP and Haryana governments to make a common plan for inter-state movement

The Supreme Court has ordered the government authorities of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to decide a common program/portal within a week to ease interstate movement in National Capital Region (NCR).

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A three-judge bench presided by Ashok Bhushan and comprising Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MR Shah stated that the Supreme Court was suggested to ask these states to form a common pass that will recognise all the three states for the region.

A petition was filed challenging the strict movement in the NCR region since the borders have been sealed by the respective state governments to control the spread of coronavirus. The Supreme Court of India took up this matter through a virtual conference.

The Solicitor General of India, Tushar Mehta has been asked to look into the matter and provide the residents of NCR with a common pass for their convenience.

The state officials have also been advised to form “one policy, one path and one portal” for free movement in NCR.

The plea was registered by Rohit Bhalla, a commoner of Gurugram, who said, “Residents of NCR who have family members or loved ones residing on either side of the inter-state border within the NCR are facing harassment in crossing the said inter-state borders in cases of a medical emergency, access to hospitals/healthcare professionals and essential needs. There is no manner of expediting a pass for medical emergencies”.

His petitioner Senior Advocate Mukul Talwar also claimed that the sealing of the borders is against the home ministry’s guidelines that permit both interstate and intrastate movements of personal vehicles and buses.

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