Pune: Those who wants to visit to Satara, Sangli, Ahmednagar, Kolhapur, Beed, Bhandara, Gadchiroli and Amravati for personal and business reasons are in a fix with the authorities not issuing e-passes for such travel. Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Bachchan Singh said on Friday that e-pass requests for travel to these eight districts are on hold as per guidelines received from the collector offices concerned.
The dates have been fixed for next month, but aspirants still have several concerns. “Only in the case of death or severe medical emergencies are the passes being given consent without waiting for approval from the district collectorates concerned,” he said.
Asked if the police were facing any problems while issuing the documents, Singh said, “One issue was that e-pass requests for the eight districts were taking time to get approved as the Pune police also have to wait for consent from the authorities in those districts.” When the lockdown was at its peak, around 17,000-18,000 e-pass requests were coming to the Pune police each day, which have now come down to 2,000 per day (in case of both inter-state and inter-district travel).
On Friday, the Pune police’s Twitter account received several tweets of travellers awaiting e-pass approval for commute to these districts but were told that their requests were on hold. These people were travelling for personal reasons, including visiting parents and attending business meets.