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The Kerala High Court on Tuesday declined to pass any interim relief orders in a plea seeking the relaxation of public transport restrictions in the State of Kerala amid the COVID-19 lockdown.
The plea had sought relaxations in the plying of public transport in Kerala for the benefit of persons without private vehicles, especially with respect to allowing autorickshaws and for emergency purposes.
The petitioner's counsel today told the Bench of Justices Anu Sivaraman and MR Anitha that while the Central guidelines allowed for allied relaxations, the State guidelines were more restrictive.
The Court, however, indicated that it was not inclined to direct for any further relaxation as sought for for the present, orally observing that,
The Court proceeded to ask whether public transport is being provided in emergency purposes.
Whereas the petitioner's counsel disputed the ready availability of such trasnport facilities, Additional Advocate General Ranjith Thampan told told the Court that the State is taking steps to assist the transport of persons in emergency purposes, pursuant to the Court's earlier directions.
AAG Thampan told the Court that persons who seek to travel for emergency purposes can approach the local authorities for the purpose so that transport assistance may be provided.
In view of these submissions, the Court proceeded to to adjourn the matter to May 18.