People from Pune have been wanting to visit certain districts for personal and business reasons. But their plans are on hold as the authorities are not issuing e-passes for these trips.
Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Bachan Singh has said that the e-passes for Sangli, Ahmednagar, Beed, Kolhapur, Amravati, Satara, Gadchiroli, and Bhandara are on hold as per instructions received from the concerned collector offices.
Why is the travel e-pass not being issued?
He said, “Only in cases of death or severe emergencies, these passes are issued without any need for approval. The e-passes take time as the Pune police need to wait for the authorities approval in those districts.”
At the peak of the lockdown, around 17,000-18,000 e-pass requests were being made each day. That number has now come to 2000 requests.
Recently, the Union government had announced that all restrictions on inter-state and intra-state travel should be lifted. However, if the authorities don’t feel that the situation in a particular area is safe, the e-passes can be kept on hold. Also with Pune being a COVID hotspot, the administration in these districts would have decided to put some temporary travel restrictions.