COVID-19 | DGCA overturns Arvind Kejriwal’s decision to ban domestic flights till March 31

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced a complete lockdown in the national capital as a step to contain the spread of coronavirus and said that all domestic flights into Delhi will be banned from tomorrow till March 31.

However, the aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), on Sunday countered Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s announcement and said that the services shall continue.

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“Domestic flights to and from Indira Gandhi International Airport shall continue to operate and the airport shall remain functional,” DGCA clarified.

CM Arvind Kejriwal had earlier in a press conference said that the lockdown will begin from 6 am tomorrow (March 23) and will continue till midnight of March 31.

“Before it gets too late, we have decided to impose lockdown in Delhi from 6 am tomorrow (March 23) till midnight of March 31,” said Kejriwal.

The Chief Minister along with Delhi’s Lieutenant General Anil Baijal informed that essential services have been exempted from lockdown.

“Essential services exempted from lockdown. Dairies, grocery shops, chemists and petrol pumps to remain open,” he added.

While Metro services will also remain suspended in the national capital till March 31.

There are 27 cases in Delhi – 6 of them fall under the category of transmission, 21 had come from foreign countries, the Chief Minister said.

The number of coronavirus positive patients in India rose to 360 on Sunday, as per the Union Health Ministry.

(With ANI Inputs)

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