Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao (File photo)
HYDERABAD: Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday extended the lockdown in containment zones up to June 30, while restrictions will be in place till June 7 for rest of the city but with more relaxation.
In a huge relief to lakhs of migrants and other travellers, the government issued orders removing restrictions on inter-state transport and travel. As a result, no separate permission is required for travel to or from Telangana.
Also, the night curfew has been relaxed by three more hours. In areas outside containment zones, the night curfew will be from 9 pm to 5 am, giving a two-hour extension from the earlier 7 pm deadline. Malls, movie theatres and places of worship will remain shut till June 7. But the government made it clear that all shops and establishments have to close by 8 pm, except for hospitals and pharmacies.
Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar issued these orders on the directions of KCR, who held discussions with Kumar, DGP Mahender Reddy and other senior officials against the backdrop of the Centre’s new guidelines on the lockdown.
The permission on free travel comes as a big relief as many people are still stranded in Telangana, mainly in Hyderabad.
They have applied for transit passes from the police department to leave for their home states. Also, thousands of people have been seeking permission to come back to Telangana from other states.
However, the GO was silent on opening malls, restaurants and places of religious worship though the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) had allowed them with effect from June 8. Sources said the government also decided to implement the guidelines issued by the Centre with regard to relaxations to the lockdown outside the containment zones with effect from June 8.
However, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is expected to conduct a review meeting on or before June 7 and announce further relaxations in areas outside containment zones from June 8.
It was decided to implement the relaxations in tune with the guidelines issued by the Centre in all the areas except in the containment zones. The chief minister instructed the officials concerned to implement strictly the lockdown in the containment zones.
The Telangana government on May 18 had extended the lockdown in the state till May 31 with certain relaxations. However, on May 30 MHA issued guidelines extending lockdown in containment areas till June 30.