Maharashtra government has now made it compulsory for these 6 states to train passengers to have COVID-19 negative reports because of the rising cases.
Maharashtra declares Delhi NCR, Kerala, Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Uttarakhand as places of sensitive origin. The state government has also made it mandatory for all passengers coming from these states to carry negative Covid-19 negative reports to gain entry into the state.
Maharashtra chief secretary Sitaram Kunte who signed the order said, “Passengers traveling to Maharashtra from the six states declared as the places of sensitive origin will need an RT-PCR negative test within 48 hours of their train travel.” If passengers fail to carry negative RT-PCR reports, they will have to undergo a rapid antigen test at the station.
This decision was taken as a part of the state government’s measures to stop the transmission of the virus and stop the influx of other virus variants from other locations as the western state is currently struggling to contain the huge Covid-19 active cases.
The Maharashtra government also issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) for passengers from these six states. If the passengers traveling in long-distance trains from these places, the Railways shall share data of the trains that are scheduled to be running between these places and stations in Maharashtra with the local disaster management authorities, as per the SOPs.
The data of passengers will be shared with the local disaster management authority each day, four hours before the departure from the origin of trains. No unreserved tickets will be issued from these places to Maharashtra.