In a move aimed at a complete lockdown, the union government Sunday ordered the suspension of all metro rail services and inter-state transport till March 31 as positive COVID 19 cases rose up to 340 in India.
The Centre has also advised state governments to issue orders to allow only essential services to operate in the 75 districts which have reported confirmed cases or casualties relating to COVID 19.
The decisions were taken at high level meeting chaired Sunday with the Chief Secretaries of all the states by the Cabinet Secretary and the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.
“In view of the need to contain the spread of COVID 19, it was agreed that there is urgent need to extend the restrictions on the movement of non-essential passenger transport including inter-state transport buses till March,” a statement issued by the Cabinet Secretary said.
The State governments were told that they may expand the list of 75 districts depending on their assessment of the situation. “ It was noted that several State Governments have already issued orders in this regard,” the statement said.
Union government on Sunday also decided to suspend all passenger train operations till March 31. Only the operation of freight trains carrying essential goods will be allowed, the ministry of railways said.