Advocate-General Vijay Narayan said, “Most of the hill stations do not have adequate medical facilities to handle the pandemic.
The government has been restricting visitors to hill stations in the State with e-passes continuing to be mandatory for travel to The Nilgiris
At least on two aspects, The Nilgiris will continue to be different from other districts of Tamil Nadu during the Unlock 4.0 which commenced on Tuesday.
According to sources, following the relaxation, on average 9,000 applications are being sanctioned a day through the automatic approval system.
The district administration has withdrawn the ‘regular pass’ system and opened up four border roads to Karnataka.
On Tuesday, 18,823 of the total 18,853 people, who applied for pass, were issued permit by city corporation.
Following the relaxation of e-pass norms for inter-district travel, Coimbatore has witnessed a large inflow of vehicles from other districts.
After the State government announced instant issuance of e-pass, more than one lakh people have applied, according to a revenue department official.
Earlier, e-passes were approved after intense scrutiny by the district administration or Chennai Corporation officials only for three reasons -- marriages, funerals and medical emergencies
This is based on Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s announcement on August 14 that e-passes will be issued instantly for all those who are looking to travel within the state
"This decision has been taken in the interest of the public. Hence, the public is advised to utilise the e-pass system with responsibility," said CM Edappadi Palaniswami
As on Thursday, auto-generation of e-passes was possible under the ‘domestic passenger enrolment’ section.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Shanmugam said that like in Chennai, the district officials were told to increase fever camps, and also conduct door-to-door surveillance.
Officials from the Revenue Department sealed a computer centre on Kattabomman Street for allegedly issuing fake e-passes, on Monday night.
Irked over the e-pass system, the industrialists urged the government to come up with a solution to ease their travel.