Establish SOPs, mandate quarantine for passengers who fly, travel by train Chhattisgarh CM tells Aviation, Rail ministers | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Days before domestic aviation prepares to take wings again, Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel has written to civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri demanding that guidelines be put in place for passengers before domestic flight services resume.
In his letter to the minister, Baghel has also demanded that details of each flight and details of passengers should be provided to the recipient states and that a 14-day quarantine period be mandated at paid or state-run facilities.
Raising concerns over the resumption of flight services without any standard operating procedure (SOP), Baghel asserted that it should be made operational only with strict and effective guidelines.
In his letter to Puri, the CM said that it has come to his notice that the Civil Aviation Ministry has decided to resume domestic flight services from May 25 and no separate standard operating procedure (SOP) has been issued for passengers who will be travelling. He said that it may not be possible to avert the further spread of coronavirus if domestic flight services are resumed at the time when there is a spike in corona positive cases in the country.
Baghel urged the minister that details of each flight, having elaborate information about passengers travelling should be shared with states keeping in view the increasing number of corona cases.
He also said 14-day quarantine at a paid or state-operated quarantine facility should to be mandatory and that passengers should be informed of this at the time of booking their tickets.
The chief minister also said that resuming domestic flight services under strict and effective guidelines will help state governments in taking measures and actions to curb and control the spread of coronavirus infection.
Chhattisgarh CM also sent a similar dispatch to Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, asking him to operate trains with protective measures. He suggested the government should run point-to-point trains like Shramik Special Train permitting a maximum of two stoppages and limiting the number of passengers in view of social distancing. Baghel also said information about passengers must be shared with states in advance, mandatory 14-day quarantine put in place and concession in fare be granted to migrants on humanitarian grounds.

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