Pinarayi Vijayan writes to Narendra Modi on Karnataka border closure
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi inviting his immediate intervention after Karnataka closed its borders blocking people and vehicles from the state.
Students and hospital goers are in extreme distress after the Karnataka government closed its borders. Even essential services are being blocked. Karnataka is violating the Centre’s guidelines for unlock, CM said in the letter. He also asked the PM to take immediate action to resolve the issue.
The Karnataka government on Saturday reinstated stricter control of transit passengers from Kerala in view of increasing COVID-19 positive cases. Karnataka authorities sealed many roads, including national highways and restricted entry only for those with COVID-19 negative certificates.
The Dakshina Kannada authorities sealed all borders from Monda, except four to cross over. According to Karnataka officials at the borders, those who wish to enter the state have to produce COVID-19 negative certificates through an RT-PCR test taken 72 hours prior to their cross over time.
Health and police personnel were on duty at the four borders - Thalappady in Mangalore taluk, Saradka in Bantwal, Nettanige-Mudnuru in Puttur taluk and Jalsoor in Sullia - to verify and allow people's entry into Karnataka.
(With inputs from PTI)