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How to get curfew passes in Delhi

Noida police stand by the sealed border that connects Delhi and Ghaziabad. The border was sealed on Sunday. The Indian government then went on to announce the 21-day lockdown on Tuesday (March 24).
Noida police stand by the sealed border that connects Delhi and Ghaziabad. The border was sealed on Sunday. The Indian government then went on to announce the 21-day lockdown on Tuesday (March 24). (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)

Curfew passes are being issued only for essential services and here’s how you can get one

With the whole country being put under lockdown for now, for anyone who needs to step out for work curfew passes are necessary. These curfew passes are essentially permission slips that authorise movements inside the city and to other NCR towns. Anyone can apply for one of these passes but please note that they are only going to be issued for 'essential services'. If the work you need to do does not come under 'essential services' you will not be issued a pass.

Who can get a pass and who can't

People engaged in non-essential services will not be issued passes and will not be allowed to travel even if you are in private vehicles. The borders are sealed and only doctors, journalists and essential service executives are being allowed through.

Those who come out to provide or avail essential services (like groceries and medicines) will be allowed on 'self declaration'.

Also Read: Coronavirus: Essential services providers in national capital can apply for e-pass on Delhi Police website

The government has clarified that no documents will be asked from a person who is out to provide or avail essential services. Most public transport services have been suspended including cabs.

To make things easier for essential goods and service providers, government has started issuing these curfew passes that can be used. In most circumstances, your ID cards should suffice.

How to get curfew passes

One way of getting curfew passes is to go directly to the office of DCP in the area where the organisation you work for is located. You need to:

- Carry a valid ID like your driver's license or your Aadhaar card.

- Papers from your organisation that shows that it is valid.

- And a letter from your organisation explaining why you need the pass.

For private organisations outside Delhi, here are a list of places where you can go for curfew passes:

Gurgaon, Manesar: Visit DCP office, southwest district Vasant Vihar

Faridabad: DCP office, southeast district, Sarita Vihar

Ghaziabad: DCP office Shahdara district, Shalimar Park

Noida: DCP office, east district, IP extension Mandawali

Sonipat: DCP office, outer-north district, Samaipur Badli

Bahadurgarh, Jhajjar: DCP office outer district, Pitampura

Another way to get passes is online via WhatsApp or email. The Delhi government has announced a helpline number (1031) to get e-passes on mobile phones via WhatsApp. You can also apply for an e-pass via mail.

How to get e-pass through WhatsApp

To apply via WhatsApp, you need to send a message with all your particulars and relevant documents for identity to authorised mobile numbers corresponding to your area, i.e., East, North East, Central, New Delhi, North, South East, West, South, South West, North West.

Here's what you need to send on WhatsApp:

- Name

- Address/place of engagement

- Details of Essential service/purpose

- Period

- Time

- Copy of ID card like Aadhar, Voter Card etc.

- Vehicle number, only if required.

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