Maharashtra authorities on Tuesday introduced pointers for folks travelling to the Konkan area for Ganeshotsav later this month. Covid-19 testing has been made obligatory for these travelling after August 12, and individuals who attain their villages earlier than August 12 should endure a 10-day obligatory quarantine.
Lakhs of individuals yearly journey from Mumbai, Thane, and Pune, to their dwelling cities in Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts, for the 10-day pageant which falls on August 22 this 12 months.
“Those that plan to journey to Konkan earlier than August 12 should stay home-quarantined for 10 days. The quarantine interval has been lowered from 14 days to 10 as per the rules of the Indian Council of Medical Analysis (ICMR) and the state well being division,” stated state transport minister Anil Parab.
The minister stated that individuals who journey to Konkan after August 12, should get reverse transcription-polymerase chain response (RT-PCR) checks 48 hours previous to getting into the districts. “Solely those that are discovered adverse within the swab take a look at 48 hours earlier than arrival shall be allowed to enter the districts,” the minister stated.
Parab added that individuals who plan to journey to Konkan by way of personal autos would require e-passes from the native police authorities. The Maharashtra State Street Transport Company (MSRTC) has additionally began accepting group and particular person bookings. “Solely 22 passengers shall be allowed on a bus, maintaining social distancing in thoughts. Those that want to make group bookings can get it by way of our portal. This 12 months, now we have additionally elevated the variety of buses from 2,200 to three,000,” the minister stated.
In the meantime, native administrations within the three districts are gearing as much as deal with the inflow of tourists. District authorities will arrange checkpoints to verify travellers’ take a look at experiences and display screen them for any Covid-19 signs.
Chief minister (CM) Uddhav Thackeray has already directed district authorities to type vigilance squads in every village, to regulate folks and see that social distancing and different security measures are adopted. The CM has additionally requested locals to maintain the festivities low-key this 12 months.