Report By: Nandika Chand | Last Updated June 4, 2020
The top court has directed the Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi state-governments to resolve the NCR border issue. This comes after the AAP government closed Delhi-borders for a week owing to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in the state.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had allowed the movement of only essential services. He also called for suggestions from the people by June 5 to reopen the border. But this resulted in chaos at Sonepat-Kundli border on the Ambala-Delhi national highway as well as Gurgaon-Delhi border.
The Delhi government and UP administration took decisions to seal its border despite the Center’s Unlock Phase-1. The Ministry of Home Affairs in its guidelines had highlighted that there should “not be any restriction on the inter/intra state movement”. It said no separate permission or e-permit will be required for such movements. “But a state or union territory can restrict the movement of the person after notifying the public in advance,” the guidelines said.
The Supreme Court had to step in after a petitioner, Rohit Bhalla, challenged the sealing of the borders with Delhi by the UP and Haryana governments. He described the sealing as unconstitutional and said it affected the right to travel under Article 19. The petitioner also pointed out that it caused chaos and confusion as well as difficulties for people who want to visit Delhi for urgent needs.