GGM SUS­PENDS BOR­DER CHECK

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Front Page - Tan­mayee Tyagi tan­mayee.tyagi@htlive.com ■

Gu­ru­gram Po­lice on Fri­day said that the check­ing of move­ment passes at Sirhaul bor­der will be sus­pended daily be­tween 6-9am and be­tween 5-8pm.

NOIDA: The con­ges­tion at the Delhi-Noida bor­ders, which had be­come some­thing of a main­stay since Tues­day when lock­down re­stric­tions were eased to al­low in­ter-state move­ment, re­duced slightly on Fri­day, but that had lit­tle to do with a re­duc­tion in ve­hic­u­lar num­bers, which com­muters claimed was back to what it used to be be­fore the lock­down.

Gau­tam Budh Na­gar is con­tin­u­ing to keep its bor­ders sealed and only peo­ple with passes and those in­volved in es­sen­tial ser­vices are al­lowed to cross.

“In ad­di­tion, we are also al­low­ing lawyers to travel, in pur­suance to an or­der from the Delhi high court. Till e-passes are is­sued to lawyers, we are let­ting them pass af­ter ver­i­fy­ing their IDs. In ad­di­tion, peo­ple who have med­i­cal ap­point­ments are also al­lowed cross the bor­ders even if they don’t have a pass -- all they need are the med­i­cal doc­u­ments. How­ever, peo­ple who still have no emer­gency or a gov­ern­men­tis­sued pass are not be­ing al­lowed to cross state lines,” Noida’s deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice, zone 1, Sankalp Sharma, said.

He said more lanes have been opened at all bor­der points to ac­com­mo­date the in­creased vol­ume of traf­fic. Of­fi­cials and com­muters both blame the con­ges­tion on peo­ple who are trav­el­ling with­out a valid spe­cific rea­son.

“The nor­mal 50-minute jour­ney from Farid­abad to Noida took me al­most 1.5 hours on Fri­day via

Kalindi Kunj be­cause in ad­di­tion to the large num­ber of ve­hi­cles, po­lice are also check­ing each mo­torist for passes and doc­u­ments. Some vse­hi­cles are be­ing turned away for want of nec­es­sary pa­pers,” said Am­rinder Singh, a commuter, who lives in Farid­abad and works in Noida.

As sev­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions re­sume work­ing with full staff strength, there is pres­sure on com­muters to travel.

“I told been told by the HR this week­end that we will now re­sume work at full scale. But trav­el­ling is a has­sle. It’s easy in the morn­ings be­cause Delhi Po­lice is not check­ing com­muters, but re­turn­ing home to Noida is a strug­gle,” an IT startup com­pany em­ployee, who trav­els from Noida to Delhi via DND Fly­way, said.

■ Ve­hic­u­lar pile-up has be­come a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence on Delhi’s bor­der with Gu­ru­gram since the lock­down was eased, and in­ter-state move­ment al­lowed with states’ con­sent. YOGENDRA KU­MAR/HT PHOTO

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