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Stickers Out, E-Passes In...Again!

By A Draft Correspondent

The colour-coded sticker system, which was recently introduced by the Mumbai police to ensure smooth movement of vehicles engaged in emergency and essential services during the ongoing restrictions, has been discontinued, an official said on Saturday, 24 April 2021.

BACK TO SQUARE ONE: Mumbai Police discontinued the colour-coded sticker system

The decision to discontinue the colour-coded sticker system for Mumbai was taken on Friday and an order to that effect has been issued by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) late Friday night.

The Mumbai Police, through their official Twitter handle said: Dear Mumbaikars. The red, yellow, green #EmergencyStickers categorisation is being discontinued. However, thorough checks shall continue & we hope you will stand by us in #TakingOnCorona & avoid all non-essential/non-emergency movement outside home #StayHomeStaySafe.

With stricter restrictions in place from Thursday night, Maharashtra Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjay Pandey, on Friday, reintroduced the e-pass system for all vehicles in emergency and essential services across the state.

It may be noted that despite the sticker rule, vehicles were routinely stopped at Nakabandis and checkposts across Mumbai, rendering the rule created to enable smooth passage of vehicles and deter crowding, completely ineffective.