Picture used for representational purpose onlyVIJAYAWADA: With the rules for commuting within or outside the state fast-changing across the country, commuters transiting more than two states are left in a limbo due to different guidelines and lack procedures in place for them.
Andhra Pradesh is one among the few states that still issues passes for inter-state travel and commuters transiting its jurisdiction are left with a dilemma. According to the Spandana portal, e-passes are being issued for vehicles that either come in or head out of the state. Hence, in both cases, the applicant is mandated to enter an address within Andhra Pradesh which is not possible for several transiting commuters.
Police officials said that they are allowing transiting commuters if they show a pass from either the originating state or the destination state. This had put travellers from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to Hyderabad in fix as neither of the three states are issuing a pass for travelers exiting the state as per the latest MHA guidelines that was issued for lockdown 5.0.
“I was stopped at Tada checkpost and I explained my situation that I don’t have a pass to show. Even officials are clueless of the fact that there isn’t a procedure to issue a transit pass and said that am willing to apply for one. But, I was left in the lurch and had to head back where I came from,” Sivaramakrishna, an IT employee in Hyderabad from Chennai explained.
On May 31, 2020, the Telangana government had issued a government order (GO MS No 721) announcing that there are no restrictions on inter-state travel and hence no passes would be issued in this regard.
Similarly, the Tamil Nadu government too relaxed travel to other states and the central government website stopped including the state for issuing e-pass for inter-state travel.
According to police officials, commuters heading to Hyderabad from Karnataka, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Kerala have been left in the lurch as none of the states issue an inter-state pass as per the new MHA guidelines. Even Andhra Pradesh’s Spandana portal does not have a procedure to issue transit passes.
Meanwhile, official sources said that they would take stock of the situation in other state in terms of new travel guidelines and then might take a call in revising the current application process.