Purely 'necessary' domestic flights from Maharashtra should be initiated from May 25: Uddhav Thackeray
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said that till Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) plans and fine-tunes the airport operations, it should initiate minimum possible domestic flights from Maharashtra from May 25.
The Chief Minister's Office (CMO) tweeted informing about Uddhav Thackeray's conversation with Uddhav Thackeray said that he also told Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
According to the CMO's tweet, Uddhav Thackeray told Hardeep Singh Puri that only those domestic flights which are purely necessary -- like international transfer passengers from cities, medical emergencies and students -- should be allowed to work .
Uddhav Thackeray also told Hardeep Singh Puri hat he will size up of things and find out an idea on how the passengers will board.
The movement of airport staff also will be checked, Uddhav Thackeray said.
"We have also formed a gaggle on how we will start the faculties . We are watching how exams are going to be taken. We are preparing for this also ," Uddhav Thackeray further said.
Earlier, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had cautioned against the resumption of operations.
Anil Deshmukh made it clear that arranging adequate transport under this circumstances would be difficult and would increase the strain on the red zone.
"It's extremely ill-advised to reopen airports within the red zone. Mere thermal scanning of the passengers, inadequate w/o swabs. Impossible to possess autos/cabs/buses ply in current circumstances. Adding positive passenger will add Covid stress to the red zone. #MaharashtraGovtCares," Anil Deshmukh said during a series of tweets.
On Saturday, the Maharashtra government had said that there was no decision to let flight operations start from Monday within the state, adding that there's no change in policy as of now and therefore the lockdown remains an equivalent till May 31.
The government had said that the Centre "arbitrarily" made the choice to permit flight operations and there was no consultation with the state.
It said that the state needs time to make a decision on the quality Operating Protocols (SOP) over aviation , adding that "outside airport, everything becomes state government's responsibility".