Maharashtra Holds Back Permission To Start Domestic Flights

Maharashtra has said that there was no consultation with the state before the decision of reopening domestic flight services was made.

Mumbai| Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government has said that there is no decision to start flight operations from Monday in the state.

There is no change in policy as of now and the lockdown remains the same till May 31, maha government said.

The government has said that the Central government “arbitrarily” made the decision to permit domestic flight operations and there was no consultation with the state.

It said that the state needs time to decide on the Standard Operating Protocols (SOP) over air travel.

Maharashtra added that “outside airport, everything becomes state government’s responsibility”.

Accordingly, the state has decided to wait for a discussion with the Central government before changing lockdown rules for air travel.

Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said he has requested the Centre to give the state some more time to resume domestic air travel.

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In an address to the state, Thackeray said “We can’t say that lockdown will be over by 31 May. We will have to see how we will go forward. The coming days are crucial as the virus is multiplying fast. I want to assure the medical fraternity that we are with them in all ways.”

Maharashtra, the worst affected state by the virus, recorded over 47,000 cases and 1,500 deaths. the state witnessed the highest spike this week.

The state currently has 33,786 active cases, while 13,404 patients have recovered. So far, more than 3 lakh tests have been conducted in the state, said Thackeray.

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