Karnataka to screen rail passengers arriving from Kerala: Bommai

Bengaluru, Jul 30 (IANS): With a possible third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic looming large, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Friday that the state government would start screening passengers arriving to the state in trains from Kerala.

Prior to meeting Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi, Bommai told reporters that the state is gearing up to face the threat a possible third Covid wave.

"With Covid cases rising in the neighbouring state, I have given necessary instructions to the deputy commissioners of the districts which share borders with Kerala. The DCs of Kodagu, Chamarajanagar, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada were already alerted that they must test passengers arriving from Kerala by bus or via air. Now we have decided to screen all passengers arriving from Kerala by train as well," he said.

The Chief Minister added that not only the bordering districts which share boundaries with Kerala, but all the districts which share boundary with these districts, such as Chikkamagluru, Hassan, Shivamogga, Mysuru and Mandya, will be under surveillance to keep a check on the rise in Covid cases.

"I have directed Chief Secretary P. Ravi Kumar to convene a meeting of all the deputy commissioners to form strategies to keep a check on Covid spread," Bommai said.

The Chief Minister also indicated that he would have a brief idea about how his Cabinet formation will shape up only after meeting BJP national President J.P. Nadda.

"First I will seek blessings from Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amith Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I am yet to fix an appointment with Nadda, but our meeting is likely to take place on Friday evening," he said.







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  • NS BHAT, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    "Karnataka to screen rail passengers arriving from Kerala: Bommai" So till now, there is no screening for train passengers..

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  • Talassery Tattil Thomas, Talassery/Toronto

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    This is important measure to take in the COVID period , to ensure the safety of people’s. But it must not become tool to do discriminations against Keralite ichas entering Karnataka for genuine purposes like bisness, tourism and education, health etc. there must be proper balance of security and necessity. The economy of Karnataka is booming due to Kerala people’s investing also. This is to be considered. But in trains the proper hygiene is to be maintained to prevent the corona . The pantry food must be proper scrutinised by authorities as it can lead to spread of virus. Many times the hawkers is entering trains selling pazhamburi, dal vada , bajjis etc which is fried in dirty oils. This deep frying is making viruses strong and resistant also and it can lead to spread of corona delta variants. Once when I’m India I was travelling in train mavelikkara to Ullal for business, on the way I am eating a idly from train and get diarrhoea many times . Somebody stole the water lota from toilet also which create agony for me. Some people’s I getting inside the train toilets to smoke chutta and not coming out at all meanwhile I am not well and struggling. Nowadays I hear trains is much better in India . Here in Canada trains is serving Svenson ice creams and aroma joes coffees and hygiene is too good which we must emulate in India also. Of course it is not free once I thought so and took two deville coffee with many sugar pouches then had to pay penalty for it. Train is lifeline for many in India and it should be proper regulated for good connectivity and increasing the peace and brotherhood between different regions of India

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  • Kavin, Udupi

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    Is it possible? To screen those who live in border place?

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