Lockdown update: New E-pass system, barricades at railway stations and much more

Maharashtra is facing an unusual surge in cases for the past couple of weeks. The state is already under was already under several restrictions since April 14. Now, on Thursday night fresh restrictions on travel, attendance in offices and weddings came into force.

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With the COVID-19 toll increasing on daily basis, the state is putting strict restrictions to curb the spread of the Coronavirus Pandemic in Mumbai and all over Maharashtra. 

On Friday, the state has reintroduced the E-pass system for travelling inter-state and inter-district during emergencies. Director-General of Police Sanjay Pandey said that the e-pass system has been reintroduced from Friday and citizens should use it in the case of an absolute emergency. People who cannot access the online system can visit the nearest police station in their respective area to procure it.

E-passes are meant for use only in an emergency, the DGP further added.

Early in the day, Mumbai Police has also informed the discontinuation of the 'Emergency stickers'. The official handle of Mumbai Police tweeted, "Dear Mumbaikars. The red, yellow, green #EmergencyStickers categorisation is being discontinued. However, thorough checks shall continue & we hope you will stand by us in #TakingOnCorona & avoid all non-essential / non-emergency movement outside home #StayHomeStaySafe"

Maharashtra is facing an unusual surge in cases for the past couple of weeks. The state is already under was already under several restrictions since April 14. Now, on Thursday night fresh restrictions on travel, attendance in offices and weddings came into force.

Apart from this, railways have also put additional restrictions on travel. Essential and other exceptional division workers are only permitted to use the locals. Reportedly, Western Railway has closed 174 entry-exit points of the total 266 routes while the Central Railway barred 67 of its 223 entry-exit gates. As many people are carrying fake ids to travel in trains. This led to confusion about who exactly were the essential workers, therefore the railway staff at each station decided on tickets using their interpretation. The tickets are now issued manually only.