Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Image Courtesy: Outlook India
New Delhi: Delhi's borders will be sealed for a week, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Monday as he sought suggestions from people by Friday to reopen the same.
Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal said people having passes and engaged in essential services will be allowed to enter the national capital.
He said that Delhiites can send their suggestions on opening of borders with Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to WhatsApp number 8800007722, [email protected] and by calling at 1031 by Friday 5 pm.
On Sunday, the Gautam Buddh Nagar district administration in Uttar Pradesh had announced that the Noida-Delhi border will remain sealed for movement of people to and from the national capital
The administration had said that the source of infection in 42% of coronavirus cases detected in the district in the last 20 days has been traced to Delhi.
Some will say that if people from other states are allowed to enter the city, they will avail services of health facilities in large numbers in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, and that Delhiites would not be able to use them, the chief minister said.
Kejriwal also assured that there is no shortage of beds in hospitals to treat COVID-19 positive patients in the city.
The Delhi government will implement all the relaxations permitted by the Centre, the chief minister said.
"Barbershops and salons will be allowed to open, but spas will remain closed. All shops will be permitted to open and there will be no restrictions on their functioning," he said.
There will also be no restrictions on the number of persons travelling in four wheelers and two wheelers, Kejriwal said. PTI BUN ANB
PIL in HC for Basic Facilities to Migrant Labour
A PIL has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking direction to the Aam Aadmi Party government to take all measures for the welfare of migrant labourers, including providing them basic facilities and checking the spread of coronavirus among them.
The petition, likely to come up for hearing on Tuesday, also sought direction to the Delhi government to follow the guidelines issued by the Centre as also the parameters of social distancing, health and hygiene to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The PIL filed by Manish Singh, who claims to be an activist, said the authorities have failed to set up a mechanism to ensure that thousands of migrant workers do not congregate at one particular centre setting at nought the entire system of social distancing.
It claimed that the authorities are herding the migrant labourers, who wish to go to their native place, like cattle and dropping them at various locations/ schools/ community centres as per their whims and fancies without providing them basic facilities for survival in the present heat wave condition.
The plea sought direction to the authorities to provide basic facilities, including food, proper shelter, toilets and drinking water, to migrant labourers who are stationed at various centres pursuant to their registration for travel and screening
The petitioner said he has sent an e-mail to the authorities regarding this in May but no action was taken.