Coronavirus lockdown: Wall on TN-AP border brought down

Walls built across the border between Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh were brought down after essential items and ambulances faced problems. The walls were built by Tamil Nadu government across borders with Andhra Pradesh to stop movement of vehicles between the two states.

Authorities in Tamil Nadu have erected concrete walls across two of the roads connecting its Vellore district to Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district to regulate inflow of vehicles during the Covid-19 lockdown.

However, later in the evening, the official from the Collectorate said the wall had been demolished. However, an official in the AP government said that it is likely that the TN government would reconstruct the wall on Tuesday.

The walls measuring three feet were erected on Sunday as part of the efforts to prevent vehicular traffic through the porous border between the two states. Raising of walls at two entry and exit points of the border in the district led to a hue and cry among people from both states saying this was “unwarranted.”

The walls were built using hollow block stones at Sainagunta and Ponnai check posts along the border on Sunday. However, four other check posts along the border were kept open without erecting any wall or barricade.

Amidst the ongoing nationwide lockdown to prevent the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Tamil Nadu state government has built concrete walls in the middle of the roads leading to Andhra Pradesh at three places along the AP-TN border overnight.

Both Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have reported over a thousand cases of coronavirus till now. While as many as 1,885 Covid-19 cases have been reported in Tamil Nadu, the Andhra Pradesh tally stands at 1,097.