Friendship Gates to remain closed till Sept 30
MOREH, 1st Sep: Myanmar’s Tamu district administrator Kyaw Win Oo has on August 30 intimated to Tengnoupal deputy commissioner M Rajkumar that the Indo-Myanmar Friendship (Iron Bridge) Gate no 1 & 2 will remain closed from their side till September 30 to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Moreh-based community leaders namely, Meetei Council Moreh president M Thoiba Singh, Hill Tribal Council president Joseph Ginkhosei and Manipuri Muslim Council general secretary Md Nasir Khan have appealed to the government to allow entry of people who possess Covid-19 negative certificate to the town so as to prevent local transmission case of Covid-19 in Moreh town.
The big reason for Moreh remaining free from Covid-19 infection is due to the earlier policy of government allowing inter district travel only for people with valid passes. However, the recent order of government which permits inter district travel without passes has created fear of rise in Coronavirus infection amongst the denizens of the town, they noted, adding that except for few persons kept in Sub-District Hospital Moreh Covid Care Centre who are from other villages of Tengnoupal district, the border town has been relatively free from the infectious disease.
The leaders stated that though the government of India is willing to open the border, Myanmar has kept it closed and is likely to continue to do so as communities in Tamu town, Myanmar are not amused with resuming the border trade. The people of Tamu have expressed through phones that if the border is opened people not only from Moreh but also from Imphal will visit the nearby Namphalong Market which may spread the disease. On the other hand, Myanmar too is experiencing rise in Covid-19 cases, they said.
The community leaders further drew attention of the government to address the problems faced by the residents of the town. Most of them are daily wage earners and have been facing hardships due to the lockdown. They are surviving with the rice distributed by the government but are willing to endure the adversities as long as they do not get infected by Coronavirus, they added.
Meanwhile, shops started opening in Moreh town with Moreh Police appealing to public to maintain social distancing and wear face masks while coming out to buy essential items.