Kolkata: Kolkata Airport Authority stated on Thursday (July 30, 2020) that on the embargo day, West Bengal will suspend all flight operations. Kolkata Airport informed via its official Twitter message: “As the embargo day announced by the West Bengal government, Kolkata Airport will operate on August 5, 8, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 2020. The grounding was announced on the 31st.’
It also urged passengers to contact the airline concerned to change the flight schedule.
Flight operation location #Kolkata Airport After the lock-up date announced by the West Bengal government, it will remain suspended: August 5, 8, 16, 17, 23, 24, and 31, 2020. Please contact the relevant airline to change the flight schedule. @HomeBengal @AAI_Official
-Kolkata Airport (@aaikolairport) July 30, 2020
It may be noted that due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the state government in a letter to the center on Wednesday urged the center to suspend all flight operations in the state during the days of full lockdown in August.
In a letter to the Minister of Civil Aviation PS Kharola, the Secretary of the Interior Alapan Bandyopadhyay requested that flights be stopped on August 5, August 8, August 16-17, August 23-24, and August 31 Operations.
The letter also added that August 2 and August 9 will not be completely blocked. The official letter said: “I am now told that on August 2 and 9, 2020, West Bengal will not be completely locked down. Therefore, it will now be completely locked only in the next few days: 1) 05-08 -20, 2) 08-08-20, 3) 16-08-20, 4) 17-08-20, 5) 23-08-20, 6) 24-08-20 and 7) 31-08-20 . Reiterated the request to stop all flight operations in West Bengal these days.”
The normal life in West Bengal was severely deteriorating under the 24-hour complete lockdown on Wednesday. The third lockdown occurred within a week, and more than 4,500 people were arrested for violating anti-COVID-19 guidelines.
Officials said a total of 4,664 people were arrested across the state, including 1,094 in Kolkata alone, because they violated anti-COVID guidelines and preventive measures aimed at breaking the chain of the surge in infection.
Wednesday’s blockade was part of the state government’s plan to implement a two-week blockade, and similar exercises were conducted in the state from July 23 to 25.
The government earlier admitted that the state was spreading COVID-19 through the community. All public transportation, government and private offices, banks and other commercial institutions, except those engaged in basic services, are closed on Wednesday.
Pharmacies and medical institutions were opened because they were not completely closed. Petrol pumps are also allowed to operate. According to the state government’s request to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the operation of the Netaji Suba Chandra Bose International Airport has been suspended.
Due to the blockade, long-distance trains were also rescheduled.
The police patrolled all major traffic intersections in the metropolis to check people who had fled their homes without a valid reason. Special police teams were seen patrolling various parts of the city, especially in the containment area.
In several places, police have even seen squatting training for offenders in squatting locks, and roadblocks have been set up in various places in the state. Since the beginning of the first phase of the nationwide lockdown in late March, schools, colleges and other educational institutions in all states have been closed.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday that after consulting experts to examine the growing number of coronavirus cases in the state, the decision was made to impose a bi-weekly lockdown until the end of August.
She said that the total blockade will take place on August 5, August 16, 17, 23, 24, and 31.
(Input by agent)