Travellers from Goa and Maharashtra are likely to get a relief while entering Karnataka, as the government is set to withdraw restrictions imposed since July on entering the state.
Amid rising demands from various organisations in Belagavi, Karwar and north Karnataka region, district authorities in north Karnataka region submitted a proposal to the Karnataka government in this regard.
Acting on these requests, Belagavi Deputy Commissioner M G Hiremath had sent a proposal to government recommending the withdrawal of the mandatory RTPCR negative report for people entering Karnataka from Maharashtra and Goa.
Deputy Commissioner Dr Hiremath had also recommended withdrawal of the restrictions as temples and places of pilgrimage in Belagavi district have opened to public, while there is a huge decline in the Covid positivity rate in Belagavi district and the border areas.
Entry should be allowed to those who have completed two doses of vaccination, DC Hiremath has said.
Responding to the recommendations and demands from organisations and people from Goa, Maharashtra and Kerala, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said a decision regarding the relaxation of Covid-related restrictions in the state’s border areas and on reopening of primary schools would be taken after a meeting with the expert committee.
“Experts are assessing the situation in the districts of Karnataka bordering Goa, Kerala and Maharashtra. A meeting will be held with the Covid expert committee soon after Dussehra to discuss the situation and a decision on relaxing restrictions in border districts would be taken,” Bommai said.