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Tamil Nadu refusing clearance for evacuation flights, Centre tells HC

CHENNAI: Because of Tamil Nadu Government refuses to give approval for Vande Bharat Mission flightsNon-resident Indians (NRIs) from the state are forced to land in neighboring states and then leave for their destination in Tamil Nadu, the central government has informed. Madras High Court.

The external affairs ministry said, “The state government has requested that the number of flights to Chennai to facilitate smooth reception and observation of the Covid-19 protocol cannot exceed 1 per day and in Tiruchirapalli, Coimbatore and Madurai . ” Said Monday through a memorandum filed in court.

In response to a public interest litigation moved by the DMK, it was stated that the state was not allowing the landing of international flights. When the petition for hearing came before the bench of Justice R Subbaiah and Justice Krishnan Ramaswamy, senior counsel P Wilson pointed to the memorandum filed by the Center and said that the state was not allowing such flights. In addition, the state also stated that apart from VBM flights, it was also receiving requests for chartered flights. Passengers arriving by charter flights are required to pay twice for quarantine accommodation and the Covid-19 test, once upon arrival and at other times 7/8 days of quarantine and to confirm online booking to meet prior conditions The charter is demanded, said the passenger of the charter flight.

However, in a separate status report filed by the Tamil Nadu government, it was submitted that the state has not restricted international air travel services. “The return journey of stranded Tamil people in various countries continues at all four international airports in and around the state.” Sea ports of Tuticorin and Chennai, ”P Senthilkumar, principal secretary of the state public department, said in the report.

As of June 15, 61 flights from 17 different countries have brought 9,625 Indian nationals from abroad through the state’s four international airports. In addition, 1,369 have been brought back to Tamil Nadu via 2 ships from Colombo and Maldives, the report states. In addition, 33 more flights from different countries are scheduled to arrive in the state in the next two weeks, the state said. To this, Additional Advocate General SR Rajagopalan said that he would get further instructions on the issue. Entering the same, the court adjourned the petition till 30 June.

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