Post the announcement of national lockdown by the Prime Minister of Indian on March 24, movements in Delhi are heavily restricted in order to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic. For essential movement, Delhi Government is now providing e-Passes that will bring some relaxations for essential commutes.

The e-Passes will be provided to those who are involved in providing essential commodity services like groceries, medicines, manufacturing, transport, and for hospital staff. To make things simpler, the government has added a feature to apply for these passes via WhatsApp

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How to apply for e-Passes online

The government has released a dedicated website to issue the e-Passes. A consumer can also apply for e-passes on WhatsApp numbers.  

The online application only asks for the need for e-Pass with listed options- food, ration, compensation, pension, and travel during the curfew. Once the requirement is submitted, the person needs to fill his name, address, and mobile number. The concerned department will make a call to proceed with the application.

Source: Delhi Government

How to Get e-Passes through WhatsApp

The more convenient way is to apply through the WhatsApp number provided. The Delhi government has released two mobile numbers for each zone on which an applicant can put in his request. The applicants will be asked to present their details like name, address, purpose, timing, and copy of government ID to support the identity. There is a helpline number 1031 to assist with the e-Passes.

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The applicant is not required to visit any office to get his copy of the e-Passes. It will be delivered through the applicant’s WhatsApp numbers. A unique ID will be created and assigned to all the e-Passes to check the misuse.

This system will help the government achieve the objectives of lockdown in the present emergency situation.


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