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E-passes no longer needed for travel, Tamil Nadu government tells High Court

However, an e-registration is required for travellers to hill stations in the state and also those coming to Tamil Nadu from other states and countries

Published: 29th October 2020 04:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th December 2020 03:25 PM   |  A+A-

Madras High Court

Madras High Court (File photo | EPS)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday informed the Madras high court that e-passes are no longer required for travel within Tamil Nadu or for domestic and international travellers to the state.

However, an e-registration is required for travellers to hill stations in the state and also those coming to Tamil Nadu from other states and countries. In the e-registration system, only basic details of the travellers are recorded and permission is given by the automatic system to everyone who registers.

Tamil Nadu's advocate-general Vijay Narayan submitted in the court that under the e-registration process, the traveller should provide only his basic details like the address and contact number for the purpose of contact tracing in view of the COVID-19 situation. The e-registration process is automated and no prior approval is needed for such travel, he added.

Advocate-general Vijay Narayan also submitted that the state has passed a government order doing away with the mandatory requirement of an e-pass for intra-state travellers.

The first bench of Chief Justice AP Sahi and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy was hearing the plea moved by KR Ezhil Nadhi challenging the restriction imposed by the government prohibiting travel to hill stations in the state.

The advocate-general submitted, “The state government has passed a government order on October 27 modifying the restrictions for movement of the public in view of the pandemic.”

According to the counsel for the petitioner, Abishek Jebaraj argued that the Union ministry of home affairs guidelines were issued on September 30 which restrains states from imposing lockdowns outside containment zones.

The bench recording the submissions orally observed that the government had substantially solved the problem by the order and closed the plea.



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  • ARUN

    HOW MANY DAYS IS THE TN E PASS VALID
    9 months ago reply
    • Shilpa.Salve

      In case if my travel is on 14th March 2021 from Mumbai when should I generate my Epass and for how many days will be the same valid then
      8 months ago reply
  • Elango

    7
    10 months ago reply
  • Apoorva Mangal

    The epass says that in an Innova/SUV, maximum of 4 +driver are allowed. So for ecosport being a compact SUV, 4+1 members will be allowed?
    11 months ago reply
  • santhosh

    rejoine to work in ooty
    11 months ago reply
  • Shajahan sha

    Hai
    1 year ago reply
  • Yes i am

    Interstate travel rules are still not clear in the state of Tamil Nadu
    1 year ago reply
    • Madhankumar

      One day tour
      1 year ago reply
  • S R Krishnan

    I want to go to Bangalore and will have to pass through Tamil Nadu. Planning to start from Cochin in during this week. Which internet site I should i9ntimate my travel by car.
    1 year ago reply
  • Raghavan S

    The newspaper seems to have misinterpreted; the AG seems to have stated that the Govt has only done away with ePass for intra-State but was silent on inter-State. The State needs to clarify and the Courts must demand the same on inter-state travellers.
    1 year ago reply
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