West Bengal had on June 30 asked the Centre to stop flights from some corona hotspots to the state, which too is seeing a rise in corona cases. It had sought no flights at Kolkata and Bagdogra to and from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai, Indore, Ahmedabad, Surat for 2 weeks from July 6. It had also sought restricting the number of flights to Kolkata and Bagdogra from other cities to once a week for each airline from July 6-31.
West Bengal chief secretary Rajiva Sinha had written to the Union aviation secretary P S Kharola on June 30: “As you know corona virus is spreading fast all over the country. Some of the states are experiencing larger spread of epidemic though we strongly believe that all the state governments are equally vigilant and active towards curbing the spread. West Bengal is also witnessing a steep rise in cases. A large number of cases has been reported from people coming in the state from outside with infection.”
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“Government of West Bengal has decided to stop or curtail movement of incoming flights and trains into the state. Accordingly, I approach you with a request kindly not to schedule any flight to West Bengal from high prevalence places namely Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai, Indore, Ahmedabad and Surat and to stop movement of flights from these cities to Kolkata or Bagdogra for two weeks starting July 6, 2020. I also request you to restrict the number of flights to Kolkata, Bagdogra and Andal from other cities to a frequency of once a week for each airline from July 6-31, 2020. I am sure that Ministry of Civil Aviation will appreciate the constraints of Government of West Bengal behind this special request,” Sinha’s letter had said.