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No flights will take off, land in Mumbai: Maharashtra Minister in a tug of war with Centre

The Maharashtra, Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu Governments have opposed the Central decision to resume domestic flights from May 25. The coronavirus epidemic is still raging and Mumbai city is a red zone. The Maharashtra Government says a thermal screening at airports, as is being done, means nothing but a show vis-a-vis the asymptomatic coronavirus. The airlines, with tickets booked already, are in a quandary.

NEW DELHI, May 24: The Maharashtra, Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu Governments have disagreed with the Centre on opening the airports and resuming domestic flights from May 25 as decided by the latter in the context of spiraling of coronavirus cases all over India.

Airport opening involves deployment of a lot of staff and movement of all types of transport in and around. A thermal screening at airports, as was being done, means nothing for an asymptomatic infection like coronavirus, according to the Maharashtra Government. Mumbai is one of the busiest airports.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said in his address to the State: “I have spoken to Civil Aviation Minister Mr Hardeep Singh Puri today morning and have told him that we are keen to start air travel but need more time to prepare.”

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh is adamant no flights will take off or land in Mumbai. The State Governments have asked what is the hurry in starting the flights suspended for the last two months, as the infection is raging.

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said it is a matter of five days for the lockdown in the country to come to an end anyway and so it does not make much difference starting some flights a few days early.

However, in a statement on Tuesday, the State Government said except for containment zones, all areas within red zones can keep both essential and non-essential shops open from 22 May.

Meanwhile, in Maharashtra the coronavirus cases have been shooting up by over 2,000 every day for the last 7 days. In the last 24 hours the figure has gone up by 2608, the tally hitting 47,190. There were 60 deaths in a day, taking the total deaths to 1,577, the highest among the States. In Mumbai, 40 people died in a day. Since April 20, 898 policemen reported positive for coronavirus and of them 12 died, in the city.

The liquor supply has gone into the home delivery mode with people not maintaining the social distance norms and overcrowding at the shops. On Saturday liquor worth Rs 1 cr was delivered at door-steps, with 30% shops opening. On a normal day the sales in the city is of Rs 8 cr.

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