Maharashtra: E-pass system reintroduced for emergency travel during curbs


With stricter restrictions on

Check the spread of COVID-19 coming into effect in Maharashtra, the state police on Friday reintroduced the electronic pass system for interstate and inter-district travel in “extreme emergency” situations, a said a senior police official.

New restrictions on travel, office attendance and wedding ceremonies announced by the Maharashtra government came into effect on Thursday evening. The state, which is facing an unprecedented rise in coronavirus cases, had already been under severe restrictions since April 14 and the new “lockdown-like” restrictions were announced on Wednesday.

Maharashtra DGP Sanjay Pandey said: “The electronic pass system has been reintroduced from Friday and citizens should use it in case of absolute emergency.”







People should apply at https://covid19.mhpolice.in/ and submit the necessary documents and mention the reason for their extreme emergency trip.

“But those who do not have access to the online e-pass system can go to the nearest police station to get one. Police station staff will help fill in the form and issue the pass. e-pass,” Mr. Pandey said.

This is only for the personal use of citizens to facilitate their travel in an emergency, he said.

Earlier this month, when further restrictions came into force, senior police officials said they had not provided any electronic passes and added that instructions had been given to staff to allow people in an emergency to travel.

“But given the emergency travel requests during the ongoing restrictions, the police have decided to reintroduce the electronic pass system to facilitate travel,” another official said.

During the first national lockdown last year, the electronic pass system was introduced for all emergency and essential services, in which thousands of passes were issued by the police.

Recently, the Mumbai Police introduced the color-coded pass issuance system for essential service vehicles.

Maharashtra reported 67,013 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, bringing its total number of infections to 40,94,840. The death toll in the state as of Thursday evening was 62,479.

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