Home isolation made mandatory for domestic travellers flying to Mumbai!

BMC issues new home isolation guidelines for travelers reaching Mumbai

In a order issued by the BMC, all domestic passengers travelling to Mumbai via flights will have to observe a 14 day home isolation to curb the transmission of the coronavirus. All Government officials will also fall within the purview of this new order that has regulated the travel and quarantine protocol.


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Domestic travel commenced in Mumbai on May 25 and the operating procedure mandated the 14 day isolation precaution. However, since then, various government officials flying to Mumbai had managed to escape this protocol by producing their official government identity cards. To circumvent this callousness, the authorities have come with a protocol that does not exempt anybody, resident, tourist and officials alike.

Exemption from this home isolation will be allowed if the individual requests so in writing and submits the application at the portal.mcgm.gov.in/ in advance of 2 working days before the travel. The details of the work, its importance and priority need to be mentioned which will back and support the justification of exemption of a serious health protocol.

The airport authorities have been directed to not excuse anybody without informing the MCGM. All those undergoing a 14 day self administered, home quarantine will be stamped on their left hand. If any stamped individual is found outside their home bounds, they shall be booked for flouting rules.

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Isolation has emerged as the strongest precautionary measure to both cure and control the transmission of the deadly coronavirus. In a city like Mumbai, where the number of cases have exceeded the 1 lakh mark, stricter rules and stringent protocols are being imposed to arrest the spread of the infection. All those flying to Mumbai are requested to adhere to these guidelines.

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The selected 10 per cent staff will require QR ID codes from the government which along with a valid identity card to commute after buying tickets/passes, said an official.


Mumbai will get additional 150 suburban trains on the Western Railway (WR) which will ease the commuting travails for office goers and those in essential services permitted by the Maharashtra government, officials said in Mumbai on Sunday.

With this, the number of WR suburban services will shoot up from 350 to 500 daily, while the Central Railway is already running 355 services. This works out to 855 services daily - or barely one-third of the regular 2,300-plus suburban services that was the norm before the lockdown in March-end.

With the increase in services, the government permitted 10 per cent of key employees of private and cooperative banks to commute by local trains, in addition to essential staff of public sector banks, various government departments, aircraft maintenance staffers and lawyers who have been allowed so far.

The selected 10 per cent staff will require QR ID codes from the government which along with a valid identity card to commute after buying tickets/passes, said an official.

To avoid overcrowding and maintain physical distance, the WR and CR will open additional ticket booking counters at major stations on the suburban section which spans across Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad.

Presently, many office-goers, especially those from Thane, Palghar and Raigad who commute to their workplaces in Mumbai are forced to travel at least 6 hours daily owing to huge traffic snarls on main roads and the two highways serving the country's commercial capital.

Moreover, despite the restricted categories allowed to commute by local trains, there is overcrowding during the morning-evening peak hours making a sham of the physical distancing norms.

- With inputs from IANS

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Other state districts have also recorded high death counts, namely Nagpur with 36 deaths, Satara with 26 and Thane at 37. Sangli reported 26 deaths.

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