All about movement passes during lockdown: Bengaluru Police releases FAQ

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Bengaluru City Police (BCP) had introduced a pass system to regulate the movement of people and vehicles during COVID-19 lockdown. But there has been much confusion on who is eligible for passes, how these can be availed, whether passes are needed during medical emergencies, and so on.

BCP has released the following FAQ to respond to these questions.

Q: Who does not need a pass?

A: Here’s the list of people who don’t need a pass:

    1. Government officials on essential duty. They are permitted to travel to attend to their duties, but they must carry their department ID card.
    2. Medical Professionals and private security guards; however, they should preferably travel in their uniform.
    3. Media personnel (print and electronic media) must carry their accreditation card, or ID card issued by the concerned media company
    4. Government vehicles with ‘G’ registration numbers.
    5. Bank employees on essential duty; they too must carry the official ID card issued by their employers.

Q: Who needs a pass?

A: Private persons engaged in the supply of essential goods and services require a pass for attending to work related to supply chain management only. The categories that are eligible for pass are as follows:

    1. Shops – including ration shops (under PDS) – dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder
    2. Insurance offices
    3. Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services. IT and IT enabled Services (only for essential services), and as far as possible to work from home
    4. Delivery of all essential goods including food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through e-commerce
    5. Petrol pumps, LPG, Petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets
    6. Power generation, transmission and distribution units and services
    7. Capital and debt market services, as notified by the Securities and Exchange Board of India
    8. Cold storage and warehousing services

Q: Do I need a pass to go to the hospital?

A: Emergency Passes are available at all police stations for those who need to travel within Bengaluru city limits on account of any medical emergency or demise of family member. These passes are for use within the limits of Bengaluru city only, and are only valid for a period of 12 hours. The pass must be returned to the police station within 12 hours of issue. The applicant must deposit the original of one government-issued ID to obtain the Emergency Pass.

If the medical emergency requires travel outside the limits of Bengaluru city, one can apply in writing to the office of the local DCP along with ID proof and documents explaining the nature of the emergency. If the need is found to be genuine, a letter will be given to the applicant to facilitate their inter-district movement. However, this letter does not guarantee the cooperation of police of other jurisdiction, and is subject to their discretion.

Following is a memo by BCP, on issuing passes in case of medical emergencies.

Q: Do I need a pass to travel to a neighbouring district?

A: Travel is prohibited during the period of the lockdown. If the medical emergency requires travel outside the limits of Bengaluru city, one can apply in writing to the office of the local DCP along with ID proof and documents explaining the nature of the emergency.

If the need is found to be genuine, a letter will be given to the applicant to facilitate their inter-district movement. However, this letter does not guarantee the cooperation of the police of other jurisdictions, and is subject to their discretion.

Q: Do I need a pass to buy medicines?

A: All pharmacies and medical supply stores are permitted to operate during the lockdown. Hence one should be able to purchase required medicines and medical supplies from the neighbourhood store, which would be within walking distance.

So it is expected that members of the public will buy medicines from such neighbourhood stores. This will not need a pass as only main roads have been blocked by the police, and not the internal roads.

Q: Do I need a pass to buy groceries?

A: All grocery shops are permitted to operate during the lockdown. Hence, one should be able to purchase required groceries from the neighbourhood groceries shop, which would be within walking distance.

So it is expected that members of the public will buy essential groceries from such neighbourhood stores to which they can go by walk. This will not need a pass as only main roads have been blocked by the police, and not the internal roads.

Q: Do I need a pass to take morning walk or jog?

A: All movement is prohibited during the lockdown. Hence, all must refrain from taking any morning walk or jog during the lockdown period. Please exercise within the confines of your home.

Q: Can I go to visit my elderly parents?

A: All inessential travel is prohibited during the lockdown. Therefore, one must avoid such travel unless there is great need for it. If elderly parents require some essential commodities, these can be ordered online to be delivered at their house.

If online delivery is not feasible, one may contact the Elders Helpline for the needful (1090, 080-22943226, 9243737220, 9243737230). Necessary help for senior citizens in need will be arranged through the local administration. If any urgent police response is needed, one may dial 100 for help. If need be, local police will also come to the aid of senior citizens in need.

Q: Do I need a pass to go to the bank?

A: ATMs will function as usual, so one may go to any nearby ATM by walk. Online banking services are available for regular transactions. Online payment modes can also be utilised at this time. However, ATM services and cashier desk will be operational at all banks.

Q: Can I go to the pet store to buy food for my pet?

A: Online shopping websites can be utilised for door-delivery of pet food.

Q: Do I need a pass to run my kirana/dinasi shop?

A: No pass or permit is required to operate a kirana/dinasi store as groceries are essential items required by the public. However, passes may be required for the staff at the store if they have to travel from afar, and also for the vehicles which may be required for the transportation of staff and goods. The kirana/dinasi store owner can apply for a KSP CLEAR Pass at https://kspclearpass.mygate.com/signup

Q: How do I obtain a pass for my workers?

A: Organisations engaged in supplying essential goods and services can obtain passes for the critical staff required for their operations, by registering for KSP CLEAR Pass at https://kspclearpass.mygate.com/signup

Q: How do I obtain a pass for my vehicles?

A: No private vehicle is permitted to ply during the lockdown. Organisations engaged in the supply of essential goods and services can obtain vehicle passes for the vehicles needed for their operations, by registering for KSP CLEAR Pass at https://kspclearpass.mygate.com/signup.

Q: What is the validity of the pass?

A: This depends on the duration sought by the applicant and the duration granted by the pass issuing authority.

Q: Does one need to carry hard copy or soft copy of the pass?

A: The digital copy of the pass can be shown in the web application. The pass may also be printed if needed.

[This article is based on a press release from Bengaluru City Police (BCP), and has been published with minimal edits]

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25 Comments

  1. sir, my mother is a dialysis paitiant, she requires weekly three times to go to hospital for treatment, she cannot walk on her own, i need to take her to hospital in my four wheeler for treatment, pl issue me e pass for her to take her to hospital, pl consider my request, thank you sir.

    jayachandran n

  2. Hi sir ,
    My sister is pregnant and her delivery date is near so I need to drop my mother to her home to take care of her in bairkur,kindly request you to permit us to do so…please

  3. Hi sir we have ordered the grocery from dmart for home delivery bt officers or nt letting the dmart vehicle to get in the area so Pls tell us how to survive we or in join family ther r kids to pls help us sir

  4. Respected sir, my sister is a cancer patient. She has undergone one week treatment of radiotherapy in kidwai hospital. Her chemotherapy is pending from 3 weeks due to lockdown. We need to go to kidwai from Ramamurthy nagar, Bangalore. Cancer may grow to next stage if treatment is not continued. Pls do issue pass for two weeks to complete the treatment. Pls do needful

  5. I am physically disabled belonging to Hassan District but working at Hyderabad. I am living at Hyderabad with my wife and two children. During lockdown period, I am facing a lot of problems in getting essential commodities and medicine.
    If I have to go out, owing to my physical disability, I have to touch so many supports and walls, can’t walk longer distance. My wife is not able to speak any language other than Kannada.

    May I request some help to move to my native village Jeekanahalli Hosur, Arsikere Taluk, Hassan District.

  6. Respected Bangalore commissioner:

    We are staying at horamavu afara bangalore, Actually before lock down my wife went to sindhanoor (raichur)
    Because some work after lockdown announced my wife and son strucked there only.. my home aged parents are there they are suffering from sugar and BP health issue for them food is the problem . I need to get back my wife to bangalore . I tried for pass there no responce by police’s. I have my own veichle if I get 24 hrs permission i will bring back my wife & son. Unnecessarily some people are roaming they are getting pass easily we have the problem but no one is not responding sir plz help me..Please sir

  7. Dear sir/madam,

    I am staying in Whitefield Bangalore. My daughter (8years) is in Chennai. I request you to kindly provide approval to pickup my daughter from hometown Chennai. We will return on same day.

  8. Dear Sir, My Aunt stays at Vidyamanyanagar she is 80 and is in need of medical supplies for her Anxiety and BP. She has called me for help as her local chemist doesn’t have her regular medicines, I could procure it at JP Nagar wher I stay, can I travel to deliver these medicines to her and return ? she is not tech savy and cannot call and talk to new people.

  9. Dear sir/madam,

    Request you to kindly provide approval to pickup my daughter (8years) from hometown Chennai.

    Thanks in advance.
    Regards
    Shankar

  10. Hi Sir,

    My family is stuck in Mysore and I am waiting for lockdown to open but I am hearing it may extend. I am in Bangalore if I get the pass or permission for 6 hours I can come back it is really urgent please reply to follow process.

  11. Hi sir am keerthi am water tanker bussiness so pls tell how to get pass and what is the procedures for applying pass

  12. Hello sir I’m 8 months pregnant I have diabetes also & My husband stuck in Bangalore city. Dr. Already told me my Delivery is complicated so please kindly help me. I need my husband back to Nagpur. I’m form Nagpur Maharashtra. My mom dad also diabetes it’s risky to take them in hospitals for regular checkups with me. Please sir kindly provide pass

  13. My native place is hassan.Iam a staff nurse,I came to bangalore for job purpose now it is postponed due covid19. Now iam in relative home,there I can’t stay please help me to move from bang to Hassan, my daughter is crying daily, how I move from bang to Hassan

  14. Iam Raghavendra
    sir iam in Hosur my father-in-law house,my parents in bhatkal so i wants to meet my parents ,Tamil Nadu will he be able get a pass and travel in his own vehicle, tell me the necessary procedure.Thankyou.

  15. Hi sir . I’m Sujay past from 20 days we are staying in my cousins home which is in itmadu near hoskerehalli. myself and my mother so basically we are from Yelahanka new town so plz can u help us to go back because there my father is alone n he is a diabetic patient plz sir do the need full thank you..

  16. Hello sir
    I am staying in bangalore banashankari 2nd stage
    my 2years daughter and wife are in sahakarnagar(bangalore) stuck in relative house from 21st march.I was waiting to bring them back after lockdown that is on 14th april.due to extension can I get half day vehicle pass to bring them back.

  17. Dear sir I’m from andrapradesh currently I’m in Bangalore I have house in bangalore. Now I want to go native place can I get pass pls because recently our relative was death now we need to do some Pooja pls approve me asap.

  18. Hi sir, myself harish, it’s necessary to travel mysore within 14th during the lock down period because baby delivery date may falls in in the last week of April. Since it’s a seal down period it’s difficult to travel during that time. Please suggest me how do I get pass for intercity travel and procedure for the same.

  19. Sir, can I travel to my home from Lingarajapura to hosur road. As I came to relatives house for function now I wanted to go back to my house along with my family

  20. Sir, I have applied for a Pass for demonstrating some UV Sterilisation Products to the Hospitals.
    This is very much critical item amid this Covid-19 situation. Request you to kindly issue necessary pass.

  21. Sir my wife and daughter gone to meet her friend on 13th march, she suppose to back on 24th march, but due to lockdown she got stuck in Bangalore. Is any possibility for her to get pass to come back in Chennai on 15th April atleast

  22. Hi Sir,
    Am currently working from home from March 17th due to lock down .
    My wife and 8 months baby stuck in one of our relation home ( Prakash Nagar ) due to lock down and now they are facing to provide basic needs to baby too.
    Please provide me permission to get my wife and baby back to my home.
    I promise I wil maintain all precautions with social distance and will go early morning around 6 and come back by 6.30.

    Am requesting please help

    Thank you

  23. Sir due to some medical emergency I want to go for nelamangala bcz my mother is in nelamangala. So I have to go pls can I get a pass.

  24. Sir,
    My daughter’s marriage is on May first week. Both my daughter and the groom-to-be are in Bangalore. They need to travel to Kerala and complete their quarantine period before the marriage date.
    Sir,can a pass be issued to them for travel???Pls give the necessary procedures

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