Mangaluru, July 08, 2020: Hundreds of commuters travelling daily to their workplaces in Mangaluru were forced to return from Talapady Checkpost after being informed by officials on Tuesday that they will have to stay in Mangaluru for the next 28 days, on entering Karnataka.
Those, commuting to Mangaluru with the help of daily passes, had heaved a sigh of relief when the Kerala government had extended the validity of e-passes here recently.
Hence, the Kerala government’s decision to seal its borders and direct citizens who enter Karnataka to stay there for 28 days came as a rude shock to many.
Earlier in the day, tension prevailed as daily commuters staged a protest and shouted slogans against the Kerala Chief Minister.
The residents of Kerala, employed in Mangaluru, have been at a receiving end ever since the lockdown was announced by the Centre, to contain the spread of Covid-19.
On Tuesday, many residents took to social media to pour their anguish on being prevented from reporting to work and earning a livelihood.
Vaibhav Bangera angrily tweeted that Kerala government was playing with the lives of residents in Kasaragod.
“Who will provide accommodation if the government wants people to stay in Mangaluru for 28 days. During this Covid crisis, it’s highly impossible to get a room or house for rent,” he tweeted.
Ganesh Bhat tagging his tweet with Kasaragod BJP declared that the Kerala government’s decision to cancel all daily passes of commuters was illogical and inhuman.
“Thousands of people in Kasaragod who work in Mangaluru will lose their jobs due to the government’s hasty decision,” he tweeted.
A tweet by Karthik Anand urged the Kerala government and Kasaragod district administration to think practically about the situation and then take action.
“Don’t unnecessarily trouble the common people with such a decision. After three months of staying home, we are leaving to Mangaluru to build our life. Protect our Constitutional rights,” Karthik’s tweet stated.
Sources said Kasaragod BJP unit was planning to stage a protest at Talapady check post if the Kerala government did not withdraw its order banning daily passes of commuters.