Odisha To Scale Down Inter-State Border Operations

In tandem with the unlock trend sweeping the nation, the Odisha government has now scaled down operations at six of its inter-state Border Checkpoint Posts (BCPs), permitting the resumption of the normal volume of traffic through these posts. Several embargos on movement were put in place by the administration last month to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The specific border posts where restrictions have been considerably eased are Biramitrapur in Sundargarh district, Champua in Keonjhar district, Chandili in Koraput district, Kanktora in Jharsuguda district, Khariar Road in Nuapada district and Sunki in Koraput district. “We observed that the arrival of stranded people through the six checkpoints has decreased. So the six gates shall operate normally as in pre-COVID days,” said a senior official.

However, six other such border points will continue to be strictly monitored for the upcoming weeks. Odisha shares its borders with Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, and Chattisgarh. On 2nd May, the state government had stopped all entry into Odisha through border entry points, except for 12 designated checkpoints where a high vigil was maintained. So far, 5410 buses carrying an estimated 1.47 lakh have entered the state through the twelve checkpoints, and another thirty-nine thousand have entered via motorcycles or private four-wheelers.