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Mumbai: The Maharashtra government late on Saturday evening communicated to MIAL that it wanted only minimal flight operations to resume in the state from the 25th. The state told the airport authority that these flights should only be for emergent situations like international traveller transfers, medical emergencies, students and cases on compassionate grounds only.
The indication by Maharashtra came after a day long silence during which top bureaucrats reiterated that as per the last lockdown notification by the state, air travel had not been allowed and this had not been amended. The move led to confusion as many had already booked tickets.
Among those who had booked a ticket early Monday morning is Union Minister Ramdas Athawale, who said he was traveling as he had pending work in his Delhi office. “The airport is under the central government, the state cannot bar the operations and anyway ST buses have been started in the state already. Maybe some precautions can be taken for airports in the red zone, but aviation is a central subject,” he said.
With less than 48 hours remaining, those who have availed bookings are awaiting the state government SOPs regarding the operations. States like Karnataka have asked for a 7 day mandatory quarantine from passengers of certain states, something the Aviation Ministry has said is unnecessary. Goa on the other hand, has asked for a corona negative certificate, which might not be possible to produce in a little over 24 hours. Maharashtra so far has not released any SOP, a fact that is making passengers nervous, as they do not want to be stuck with fresh rules after they have already firmed up their travel plans.
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