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The Delhi government decided to open the capital’s borders with the neighbouring — Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurugram and Faridabad — after a week. However, the commuters coming from Noida and Ghaziabad will face some restrictions.
A traffic jam was seen at the Delhi-Noida Direct flyway on Monday morning as the borders of the national capital were opened after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s nod for inter-state movement.
However, several commuters complained that they were not being allowed to enter Noida.
“I was coming from Palam and going towards Noida for office and they are not letting us in without a pass. Before this, I was never asked for a pass,” said Dharamvir Singh, a commuter.
The border was closed after lockdown was imposed to check the spread of the coronavirus disease. The curbs were relaxed for a few days during the lockdown, but the Delhi government again sealed the border once the number of cases started increasing. Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments had also imposed border curbs to stop the spike in cases.
The announcement of opening the border was made by Kejriwal at a press conference on Sunday. Kejriwal, however, clarified that hotels and banquet halls will not open for now because such facilities could be used to treat Covid-19 patients with a rise in infections.
Announcing relaxations as part of “Unlock 1”, Kejriwal had said that malls, restaurants and religious places in Delhi would open from Monday after more than two months since the coronavirus lockdown was imposed, but banquets and hotels would remain closed.
On June 1, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced to shut the Delhi-Gurugram and Delhi-Noida for a week
Earlier, Haryana government also decided to shut the border with national capital, citing the high number of coronavirus cases in Delhi
On Sunday, Mr Kejriwal had announced that Delhi’s borders will be opened for inter-state movement from Monday following weeks of closure due the COVID-19 lockdown.