As India gears up to step into Unlock 2.0, the second phase of nationwide unlock will bring some relief to business owners and others as restrictions are expected to further ease. Here are the important things you need to know about Unlock 2.0. By Amitha Ameen

 

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Unlock 1.0 will conclude on June 30 and make way for the most-awaited Unlock 2.0 to come into place. Earlier there were many reports about multiple public establishments and educational institutions reopening during this period but due to the rising numbers, the states may continue to impose lockdown on these establishments. In regards to travel, let’s look at what we can expect in terms of domestic and international flights, and guidelines for railways.

1. Domestic Flights

 

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Although not anywhere close to normal operations, airports are gradually opening up and many domestic flights are already plying between cities with limited passenger capacity and routes. Airports like the one in Mumbai initially began with 20 flights per day and that number has increased to 100. With Unlock 2.0 the frequency of flights will be expected to increase, with India’s national carrier Air India already announcing that it will be adding more flights to its routes.

2. International Flights

 

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While India has already managed to successfully rescue the stranded with their recently launched Vande Bharat Mission, the country now hopes to create ‘travel bubbles’ with countries like France, UK, and the United States, as several countries are looking at a way to fly out their citizens from India. So international travel may reopen sooner than we think, during Unlock 2.0 to be more precise.

3. Railways

 

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There’s good news for those looking at train travel as well. According to reports, the Indian railways will be adding special trains to its list. The Railway Board has already asked zonal railway officers to send in their requests for popular routes. Apart from having direct lines from Bhopal and Lucknow, there may also be special trains in the routes of Doon Express from Kolkata and the Janta Express from Varanasi. Although ‘normal services’ may not resume completely, the number of trains will significantly rise up.

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