Lockdown 4.0, newer, relaxed rules have been put in place that will allow you to move around a little more. The government of India has created a website for single-point access to apply for a Covid-19 e-permit pass or countrywide lockdown e-pass that will allow you to travel across states if you need it.
Developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), the webpage (http://serviceonline.gov.in/epass/) has e-permits for 17 states that you can apply for.
This e-permit is valid for certain categories like students, essential service providers, tourists, pilgrims, emergency/medical travel and marriage purposes.
As per the details mentioned on the webpage, any individual/group can apply for the movement pass using this particular service. Those who want to apply through this service will need to have to submit all the mandatory details. They would also be required to have scanned copies of all the requisite documents before applying for the e-pass. An active mobile number is also mandatory as it would be required for OTP verification.
You will not get the e-permit immediately. Once you apply, you will be given a reference number through which you can check the status of your application. When the pass is issued it will carry the applicant’s name, address, a QR code and validity.
Applicants must carry a soft copy or a hard copy of the e-pass while traveling since they will be required to show it to security personnel on demand. Right now, states are yet to issue detailed rules about inter-state travel.
Mean-while, the coronavirus infection in India witnessed the biggest spike today as the states registered over 5,000 new cases in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra, the worst-affected state by COVID-19 pandemic, saw an explosion of new cases on Sunday. The state recorded over 2,000 fresh coronavirus patients in the last 24 hours — highest reported by any state in a day. The total number of coronavirus patients in India surged to 96,169.
The death toll from the pandemic topped 3,000 as 157 fatalities were recorded on Sunday, the highest single-day death toll so far. Maharashtra accounted for 40% of all fatalities on Sunday.