SC orders uniform policy on travel in NCR

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/5/2020 1:01:15 AM

NEW DELHI, Jun 4: Taking a dim view of the unilateral decisions taken by each state in the National Capital Region (NCR), the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered framing of a uniform policy with a single pass within a week for the inter-state movement of the people in the region.
It directed the Centre to convene a meeting of the representatives from Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to evolve a common policy for the movement of the commuters. How can the states block the borders despite the latest Home Ministry directive issued on May 30 specifically sought to obstruction to the inter-state movements, the court asked.
Adjourning further hearing to June 12, the Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, S K Kaul and M R Shah asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, to get instructions on bringing a common pass for movements in Delhi-NCR region as otherwise the restrictions defeat the very purpose of creation of the NCR.
It was hearing a batch of petitions on the difficulties faced by the commuters on the borders of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in the NCR because of inconsistent decisions of Delhi Government and district authorities of Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Gurgaon to seal the borders at whims, leaving the large number of people stranded. Admitting the petitions, it had on May 15 sought response of the Centre and the three states.
There should be one policy, one path and one portal for allowing movement of people across the borders in the NCR, the Court underlined while stressing that there should be a consistency in the decisions taken by various states.
While Haryana and UP government have been blocking traffic from Delhi off and on supposedly to prevent those with coronavirus flood their cities and towns, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal shut the borders for a week claiming the people from other states would otherwise prevent Delhites get the free medical services by choking the hospitals in Delhi.
The counsel appearing for the Centre referred to May 30 order of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that clearly lays down the guidelines for phase re-opening, with no restrictions on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods.
The Haryana Government's counsel told the Court that Haryana has opened all its borders with Delhi since Wednesday. One of the petitioners produced an April 29 order of the district administration in Haryana applicable to Gurugram and Sonepat and another May 3 public statement of the district administrations about Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad. His petition sought to declare as illegal any measures restricting movements in the NCR.



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