NEW DELHI: GoAir, IndiGo and Vistara airlines have limited their domestic operations on March 22, the day of ‘Janata Curfew’
IndiGo has said that it will operate 60 per cent of its domestic flights on Sunday. GoAir will be suspending its domestic operations for that day.
Spicejet has cancelled all four flights namely two Kolkata-Dibrugarh-Guwahati flights and two Guwahati-Dibrugarh-Kolkata flights from March 24- March 30.
Meanwhile, Government of India has informed that no scheduled international commercial passenger aircraft shall be allowed to land in India from March 22, 2020 for one week.
In wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has also affected India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the people of the country to opt for a ‘Janata Curfew’ on Sunday from 7 am to 9 pm.
In a special live address to the nation, Modi said: “Today I am requesting the people of the country for a Janata Curfew, on March 22, this Sunday, from between 7 am to 9 pm… This is public curfew. ‘Janata Curfew’ means for the public, curfew imposed on public by themselves.”
He urged the people to follow this ‘Curfew’; not go out on the streets or even gather in their societies and stay inside their homes. He also appealed to citizens to come to their doorsteps or balconies at 5 pm on Sunday to appreciate the work of those involved in healthcare, sanitation and all other essential services. “Come to your balconies and courtyards and streets and applaud, ring bells, bang on thalis for those who are working day and night.”
Citizens also need not panic and start hoarding groceries and food items, Modi said. “The supply of all such items will not be disrupted,” assured the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister further urged people above the age of 60 should avoid going out in the coming weeks.