Relief to ecommerce, FMCG cos and transporters, as only temperature checks required at Maharashtra border


Maharashtra did away with a new lockdown rule requiring truck drivers and helpers entering the state to produce negative RT-PCR certificates hours after it came into force on Saturday, responding to pleas of ecommerce firms, FMCG companies and transport operators.

In its revised guidelines, the state government has asked officials to screen drivers and helpers of goods carriers originating from outside the state for body temperature and other Covid-19 symptoms, besides the Aarogya Setu app.

If anyone is found to display any of the symptoms or temperature, or if the status in Aarogya Setu for any person is not ‘safe’, then all the persons shall be directed to the nearest Covid Care centre for further investigation, it said in a notification issued on Saturday.

Until the notification was issued in the evening, transporters faced some disruption at state borders as the May 12 notification requiring negative RT-PCR report not older than 48 hours came into force in the early hours of Saturday.

The changes were announced after state officials met with representatives from industry association Ficci, ecommerce companies, associations of goods transporters, and some large retailers on Saturday morning.

“The Maharashtra government was very supportive, and officials said that they did not realise the implications of the earlier order,” an industry official aware of the development told ET. “The attendees also requested for vaccination of supply chain personnel, including truckers as frontline workers.”

The state government has also allowed long-distance goods carriers to enter the state with a team of two drivers and a helper.


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