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Kolkata: Flights from Delhi, Mumbai and 4 COVID-19 hotspots resume from next month, with a rider

The West Bengal government earlier banned flight operations to Kolkata airport from six places with high COVID-19 cases till August-end.Premium
The West Bengal government earlier banned flight operations to Kolkata airport from six places with high COVID-19 cases till August-end.

  • West Bengal government on Wednesday relaxed the restrictions imposed on domestic flight operations in the state
  • We have received several requests to resume flight operations from six COVID hotspot states, West Bengal CM added

West Bengal government on Wednesday relaxed the restrictions imposed on domestic flight operations in the state. Amid the rising number of coronavirus cases in Bengal, the state government earlier banned flight operations to Kolkata airport from six places with high COVID-19 cases till August-end. These states are Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad.

Starting from next month, the state government allowed the flights to operate from these six states but with a rider. Domestic flights from six COVID-19 hotspots will be permitted thrice a week, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday.

"We have received several requests to resume flight operations from six COVID hotspot states. So from September 1, flight services from these six states can resume thrice a week," Banerjee said.

"We cannot allow complete resumption of flight services as of now," West Bengal chief minister added.

On resuming Metro services in Kolkata, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said, “We have no problem if Metro wants to resume services in and around Kolkata after maintaining physical distance (between passengers)." There are reports that the central government may allow the Metro rail services to function from September 1, during the fourth phase of 'unlocking' economic activities.

"Local train services may also start in a phased manner - one fourth at a time. We have no problem. Railway authorities can speak with us," she said.

The eastern state on Wednesday extended the partial lockdown till September 20. West Bengal chief minister announced the fresh dates of lockdown for the next month. There will be complete lockdown in the state on September 7, 11 and 12.

The eastern state reported nearly 1.45 lakh coronavirus cases. There were over 27,000 active coronaviru cases in the state. The death toll from COVID-19 infection increased to 2,909.

A session of the West Bengal Assembly will begin on September 9, Speaker Biman Banerjee said on Wednesday. An all-party meeting has been convened on September 7 to discuss the business of the House, he said. "The Assembly session will begin on September 9. The duration of the session and the business of the House will be decided in the all-party meeting," Banerjee told PTI.

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