30 May Saturday

Karnataka Should Open Up All Border Passes : CM Writes To Prime Minister Again

Web Desk‌Updated: Sunday Mar 29, 2020

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to the Prime Minister seeking urgent intervention to have Karnataka open up all its border passes to Kerala. All freights to the State have stopped after being grounded at the border and Karnataka’s explanation on the issue  defies logic, the letter reads.

Kerala is among States that adopted most effective strategies to contain Covid, a reason why it has placed the relatively highest percentage of its population under quarantine. However, shortage of essential commodities can have directly hamper State’s preventive measures. The absolute closure of  border resulted in a woman’s tragic death on Sunday after police there  blocked her ambulance from traveling to a hospital in Karnataka’s Mangalapuram, where  she had been availing  long term treatment.

This request comes not for seeking  unrestrained border crossing for people, but  rather for dire emergencies and movement of trucks loaded with goods that are essential to sustain a population.

CM’s letter asks the   Centre to  issue urgent instructions to authorities in Karnataka to resolve the border issue. At a time when the country as a whole is battling a crucial crisis, regional or divisive motives must not impede national interests, said  CM  in his letter.