Here are the most important news, instructions and information that one needs to keep in mind while traveling in or around New Delhi :
1) Reason and Duration for the Curfew
In light of the rapidly increasing Covid-19 cases in the National Capital, the CM of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal has decided to impose a night curfew in Delhi. The night curfew will continue till the end of April 30. The curfew will be active right from 10 PM in the night till morning 5AM. Delhi reported a whopping 3,628 new cases of COVID-19, 2,936 recoveries, and 16 deaths on Monday.[ANI]
This fresh wave of CoronaVirus has forced the government to come up with stringent measures to curb the situation and bring it under control. However, there are quite a number of exemptions in certain categories and there will be no restrictions on traffic movement during the night curfew.
2) Exemptions provided for the Curfew
According to the order issued by the Delhi government on the recommendation of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) certain exemptions were given to certain sects of people :
1) Officials employed in central government, Delhi government officials and government agencies involved in essential services such as health and family welfare and medical platforms have been awarded the exemption.
2) Police officials from Delhi, civil officers, defence, fire and emergency services, people associated with electricity, water and sanitation, public transport, are also excluded from the curfew.
3) Women who are pregnant and patients seeking medical treatment are also exempted.
4) Doctors, nurses and paramedics employed in private medical sectors are exempted but need to show their valid identity cards for travelling during the curfew.
5) Passengers trying to access the railway stations and airports have to show adequate tickets for travelling during the curfew.
6) There will be no restrictions on intrastate and interstate transportation of essential and non-essential goods.
3) What happens if one violates the curfew ?
The Delhi government was quite particular about the rules of the curfew and also said that anyone found violating the restrictions will be severely booked under the provisions of Section 188 of Indian Penal Code, section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and other applicable laws.
According to the Section 51 of Disaster Management Act, 2005, whosoever, without reasonable cause obstructs any officer in the discharge of their duties under the Act "will be punished and convicted with imprisonment for two years."
In more simpler words, when a curfew is imposed, an individual cannot leave his/her home without prior police permission. It is quite different from Section 144 as in the latter one can leave their premise but cannot move in groups. Thus a curfew is more stringent than Section 144. Violation of the extreme night curfew can result in your immediate detention by the police.
4) E-Passes for certain groups of people
E-Passes are required for transmission during curfew for the below mentioned groups :
1) Shops that are dealing with foods, groceries, fruits & vegetables, dairy & milk booths, meat & fish, animal fodder, pharmaceuticals, medicines and medical equipment are exempted but must carry the E pass at all times.
2) Banks, Insurance offices and ATM & Print & Electronic Media.
3) Telecommunications, Internet services, broadcasting and cable services, IT services & Delivery of all essential goods including foods, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through e-commerce.
5) How to Apply for an E pass
You can apply for the E pass by visiting the Delhi government website