After Ghaziabad, movement between Delhi and Noida banned; advisory to media

Topics noida | Delhi | Coronavirus

A medic sitting inside the mobile COVID-19 testing van collects swab sample of Chandni Mahal residents, after the area was identified as coronavirus hotspot, during the nationwide lockdown, in New Delhi. Photo: PTI
A day after the district administration sealed the border between Ghaziabad and Delhi, the Gautam Buddh Nagar administration banned the movement between Noida and Delhi, except for those involved in Covid-19-related services and goods transportation, from Tuesday night. Media personnel will be exempted, it said, adding that the process for issuing passes to them is being worked out.

The decision was taken on the basis of a report by the health department in Noida, which stated that several people who tested positive for coronavirus had links to Delhi, an official order stated.

"It is clear from the report of the Health Department that there is a possibility of infection from people travelling between Delhi and Gautam Buddh Nagar. Hence, in larger public interest, movement between Delhi and Gautam Buddh Nagar is being completely banned until further orders," District Magistrate (DM) Suhas L Y said in an order.

He also shared the information on Twitter, where he said the move was "in larger public interest" and a "preventive measure to fight Covid-19", while urging people to cooperate. However, certain categories of people were exempted from the ban, according to the order.

Only Media personnel requiring Delhi-Noida pass, pls apply in following email,

For 22nd Apr old I’d card system valid for media only.

— DM G.B. Nagar (@dmgbnagar) April 21, 2020

"All officers and workers engaged directly in Covid-19 services will be allowed if they have a pass signed by a competent officer of the Uttar Pradesh government or Delhi government.

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"Vehicles, light or heavy, used for transportation of goods will be allowed movement. However, these vehicles would be impounded and action taken if they are found to be transporting passengers," the order said.

Movement of ambulances will be allowed, besides deputy secretaries and high-ranking officers of the central government, who have an identity card issued by the Union Home Ministry.

Later in the night, the DM tweeted: "Keeping in mind the convenience of media personnel of GB nagar, for 22/04/2020, the old system of accepting Id cards shall be in place. In the meanwhile DIO/AdCP are issuing email ids for receiving applications. Approved pass/list shall be sent by tomorrow evening."

Advisory for media houses

"Those media personnel who have a pass issued by the additional police commissioner (headquarters) and the district information officer will be allowed movement," the order stated.

"Media personnel requiring Delhi-Noida pass can apply on the email ids — and, while for April 22, the old identity card system will be valid for media only," an official statement said.

"Media houses in Noida and Delhi should prepare a list of their representatives who stay in Delhi and work in Noida or stay in Noida but work in Delhi. The list should be e-mailed by 12 pm on April 22 (Wednesday)," according to the statement.

"Media representatives who live and work in Noida and do not need to travel to Delhi should not be included in the list," the advisory said, adding that such media personnel can move around in Noida if they have a press identity card issued by their organisation.

The media houses are required to mail the list in Word as well PDF formats, the administration said.

Requesting the support and cooperation from media houses in the fight against the deadly virus, the administration said, "Please try to keep the names as few as possible."

Media houses were also requested to mention their e-mail id in the list so that an approval e-mail could be sent to them, according to the statement.

"A list of all specialist doctors who have to provide emergency or important services in hospitals in Gautam Buddh Nagar will be provided to the police commissioner," the order said.

Strict action will be taken against anyone violating the lockdown restrictions and the ban on movement between Gautam Buddh Nagar and Delhi, the DM said. Gautam Buddh Nagar in western Uttar Pradesh had recorded 102 coronavirus cases till Tuesday evening, according to official figures.

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