Domestic flights also cease after 12 o’clock tonight after train and bus; the government has not told, how long will the ban last

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - MARCH 22: Indian policemen push barricades to place them in the center of a a road leading to historic India Gate, during a one-day nationwide Janata (civil) curfew imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 on March 22, 2020 in New Delhi, India. Death toll due to coronavirus in India reached seven on Sunday with three more fatalities as the country observed a "janta curfew" or public lockdown on the appeal of Prime Minister Narendara Modi. Besides placing under lockdown till March 31st, 75 districts with confirmed coronavirus cases , the government also decided to shut down train, metro and inter-state services to curb the spread of the global pandemic in India. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)
  • On an average 13 million passengers a month and 14 crore passengers travel on domestic flights annually
  • Till 31 March, 12500 i.e. all passenger trains are closed, 23 million people travel daily.

Due to coronavirus, no person will be able to travel anywhere in the whole country. There is complete lockdown in 19 states and partial lockdown in 5 states. There is curfew in Punjab, Puducherry and Maharashtra. That is, the boundaries of these states are sealed and inter-state bus service is closed along with trains. People cannot move anywhere. Meanwhile, the Center has issued an order that all domestic flights will be stopped from midnight on Tuesday. If any traveler has to reach his destination, he should reach there before midnight tomorrow. There will be no flight after this. The government has told the airline companies that all your domestic flights should reach their destination by 11.59 pm on 24 March. Flights will not run after this. Only cargo flights will be exempt from this. On an average, 13 million passengers a month and 14 crore passengers travel on domestic flights annually. These restrictions mean that transport in the country will come to a complete standstill from Wednesday.

What is closed in the country?
1. Flights

The Center has banned all international flights till 29 March. The Center has decided to stop all domestic flights on Monday. The Center said that all domestic flights will be canceled after 12 pm on Tuesday night. However, the Center did not say how long the stay will last.


2. Trains

Till March 31, the Railways has decided to stop 12500 i.e. all passenger trains. No trains will run except goods trains for 9 days. This decision means that 2.3 crore people traveling on these trains daily will not be able to go anywhere now.


3. Metro Services – Inter State Buses

The cabinet secretary on Sunday directed the chief secretaries of all the states that metro services and inter state buses should also be stopped by 31 March. It also includes Delhi Metro, due to which about two crore people travel daily.

4. Lockdown and curfew in 25 states also seal the boundaries of cities

Lockdown has been done in 25 states and union territories of the country. These include Punjab, Maharashtra and Puducherry, where curfew has been announced till 31 March. The boundaries of these states and their districts are sealed, that is, no person can go from one city to another. The lockdown period is up to 31 March in all states.

Why, so

Despite the lockdown in about 25 states and curfew in 2 states, people do not appear to be serious. The streets were crowded and in some places people were seen on the roof of buses. The very next day of the forced public curfew, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to appeal that people take the lockdown seriously. Hours later, the Health Ministry said that officers in all states should strictly follow the lockdown. There should be legal action against those breaking the rules.

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