West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee plans to write down to the central authorities, asking it to delay flight arrivals to Kolkata at the very least until Could 30. The centre has introduced plans to renew restricted home air journey from Monday.
The state authorities has already written to the Railway Board, asking it to not ship any migrant trains until Could 36 in view of the intensive injury induced to infrastructure by Cyclone Amphan.
Talking at a information convention at her workplace on Saturday, Ms Banerjee mentioned, “I’ll write to the centre to ask them to ship flights until Could 28 to Bagdogra airport. I’ll attraction to the centre to not ship flights to Kolkata at the very least until Could 30.”
The Chief Minister identified sensible difficulties at Kolkata, together with the truth that the airport was positioned in North 24 Parganas district which is significantly affected by COVID-19.
“Not everybody touchdown on the airport could have private transport. How will they go residence? There’s a lockdown occurring. Some individuals could have automobiles however not everybody in order that’s an issue,” Ms Banerjee mentioned.
For migrants who will arrive after Could 26, Ms Banerjee mentioned they need to give an enterprise that they are going to stay in residence quarantine within the villages for 14 days.
“Some villages have arrange their very own quarantine centres the place individuals are being made to remain and being given meals. That may be a excellent plan,” Ms Banerjee mentioned. “Or they might merely keep in their very own properties,” she added.
The well being division would monitor their actions by monitoring their cell phone numbers. All migrants must register with the federal government.
Migrants would even be examined for COVID-19 however not on the railway stations upon arrival. As an alternative, they are going to be examined of their residence district inside just a few days of arrival.
“There is no such thing as a want for the additional stress of being examined at railway stations. It takes time to do the swab check for COVID-19. Not less than 5 minutes every. So testing so many individuals at a railway station could be very time-consuming,” Ms Banerjee added.
The process that air travellers should observe is more likely to be the identical as soon as the centre and the state agree on a date when flights can start to land in Bengal.
“We’ve not even been given two-three days’ time to deal with the scenario. We’ve suffered the cyclone and for flights and migrants to reach at a time like this, makes issues very troublesome for us,” she mentioned.