Delhi to issue e-pass for Noida, Gurugram travel amid Covid-19 lockdown
So far, the only way to apply for a curfew pass was to physically go to the offices of deputy commissioners of police and district magistrates and fill up application forms.Updated: Mar 25, 2020 15:06 IST
The Delhi government has made arrangements for issuing electronic curfew pass, or e-pass, for individuals who may have to travel between the national capital and adjoining satellite towns such as Noida, Gurugram, Ghaziabad and Faridabad on emergency work during the 21-day nationwide lockdown announced to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
“The e-pass will be issued to the person by the office of the district magistrate concerned. The applicants can apply for such an e-pass on WhatsApp via an authorised mobile number of the district magistrate [published on the revenue department’s website] concerned or through email to email@example.com while sharing their credentials along with relevant documents of identity and the essential service as the case may be,” said the Delhi government in a circular issued on Tuesday evening.
“Such an e-pass received on the applicant’s mobile through WhatsApp or via e-mail shall be valid,” it added.
The government, however, clarified on Wednesday that the e-pass is needed for those engaged in providing essential services (such as those transporting food, medicines and medical equipment) but don’t have the proper documents or a formal identity card to prove they are exempt from the restrictions.
“Those who are providing essential services, but do not have a formal ID card to back their claim will be issued an e-pass. Workers at grocery and provisional stores, milk plant and others can avail this,” Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said at a press conference.
Before this, the only way to apply for a curfew pass was to physically go to the offices of deputy commissioners of police and district magistrates and fill up application forms. This new initiative, government officials said, is likely to reduce the burden on these offices.
Around 2,400 curfew e-passes were issued till Wednesday 11 am, the Delhi Police said.