Mangaluru: Checks at border tightened, inter-state bus services suspended

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Aug 2: In the light of the heightened perception of corona infection, the state government has made it mandatory for the passengers of Kerala and Maharashtra to compulsorily produce RT-PCR negative reports for crossing into Karnataka. From Sunday August 1 onward, checks at the state borders have become more stringent.

Inter-district bus services between Dakshina Kannada and Kasargod have come to a standstill. Buses from both the sides are operating till near the borders before returning. Police and revenue officials have been posted at the border for conducting the checks. Only those holding Covid negative certificates are allowed to cross the border.

During the last 25 days, the health department has conducted RT-PCR tests of 15,000 people at the border. The health department team deployed at the central railway station here conducted these tests on 62 passengers while the team at Mangaluru Junction performed tests on 47 till Sunday afternoon, stated district health officer, Dr Kishore. Because of Covid restriction in Karnataka and weekend lockdown in Kerala, movement of vehicles on the national highway was very less.

Strict checking is undertaken at the Adoor border in Mandekolu in Sullia taluk where the border of Karnataka and Kerala is located. The decision of cancellation of bus services between Kerala and Karnataka has adversely affected people living at the border. Construction workers who rely on work on both sides of the border too are facing difficulty as their movement has been crippled. People coming in from Kerala have to produce negative Covid reports that is not older than 72 hours.

Close watch is also being kept on all the roads connecting Kerala within Vittal police station limits. Only those holding negative reports are allowed to move ahead. It is possible to reach Kerala through about 18 roads in the region, and the police have been vigilant. Check posts have been opened in Kanyana, Salelthur, Saradka, and Peruvai.

Increasing coronavirus infections and positivity rates have been posing a challenge to officials both in Dakshina Kannada and Kasargod districts. Udupi district family welfare officer, Dr Nagabhushan Udupa, said that out of 2,910 persons tested, coronavirus infection was found among 162. Of them, 15 were hospitalised. He said that as of now, the district has 1,200 active cases.







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  • Sandy, Udupi

    Mon, Aug 02 2021

    What is the administration trying to prevent by putting up border checks? The virus is already there within the district, there is no need to import it. Most people are not even wearing masks, let alone leaving it hanging in the neck. Then, what is the point in these border controls. Just showing off that something is being done. It is unnecessary hardship for police and health dept personnel at the border too. They can be utilised in a better way elsewhere. There will be huge traffic jams as well. Corona is here to stay. Better upgrade hospitals or build exclusive Covid hospitals to treat those affected and of course, increase the pace of vaccination.

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  • Rohan, Talapady

    Mon, Aug 02 2021

    Totally agreed. I stay in Thalapady and i noticed this. Police check Only when media is present. and rest of the time they just sit there and chat.Whats the use of doing.

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  • Clara, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 02 2021

    Well done Government .This should have done week back.

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  • Shetty, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 02 2021

    I agree this should have done long back. but whats the logic of closing the border only during morning hours when media is present. and then allowing evryone to pass through the same border rest of the hour.i myself experienced this.

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  • Clara, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 02 2021

    Rightly said shetty . Officers should also be strict not only blaming people always .But I am wondering how come so many cases there and what is model called now all are silent .

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Aug 02 2021

    Award winning health minister Shailaja teacher was removed from her portfolio. CPM maadidunno maharaya!!!

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  • ayes p, kudla/ksa

    Mon, Aug 02 2021

    it looks like covid 19 third wave very near to us because of peoples carelessness and people are not following covid guidelines and government is totally failure and are busy in changing CM and ministers etc etc.

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  • RAJATESH, Bangalore

    Mon, Aug 02 2021

    I request district administration to kindly monitor and controll the crowd in private or Ksrtc busses.From past 4 to 5 days i am observing crowds in the busses that too in indoor spaces....Please kindly monitor this ASAP

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Mon, Aug 02 2021

    Somalia needs help.... rush central teams to find out / help somalia to control the family of virus holed up there... covid, delta, chikan guya, nifa, zaika etc. etc. etc.

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Mon, Aug 02 2021

    Nipha, h1 the list

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  • Greeshma, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 02 2021

    @ KBR beaware do not say anything about "them", Mr. Roshan will be offended.. Last time I was talking about alien language hoarding in the city he started yelling at me saying we feed our stomach only because of their charity money.. so we Mangaloreans do not work hard to earn our living, we are at mercy of their charity..

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  • Antony Arun Dsouza, mangalore

    Mon, Aug 02 2021


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