The Chennai Police issued orders late on Monday night making e-registration mandatory for persons travelling from one police station limits to another.

Traffic jam at Anna Salai in Chennai during lockdown
Coronavirus Lockdown Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 13:50

Chennai’s Anna Salai, an arterial road, witnessed chaotic scenes on Tuesday morning, owing to new rules imposed by the city police overnight. In a bid to effectively implement lockdown restrictions, the Greater Chennai Police late on Monday night issued orders making e-registration mandatory for persons travelling from one police station limits to another from Tuesday, May 18. 

Chennai Police Commissioner Shankar Jiwal issued orders to tighten restrictions by creating checkpoints at 13 places in 12 police districts in Chennai. The 12 police districts include Flower Bazar, Washermenpet, Madhavaram, Pulianthope, Anna Nagar, Ambattur,Kilpauk, Triplicane, Mylapore, St Thomas Mount, Adyar and T Nagar. The police station limits will be further divided into 348 sectors and the roads will be barricaded. The order said, "The restrictions are such that the public cannot travel from one police limit to another without e-pass."

The late night order led to confusion across several roads in the city, with residents caught unawares as they attempted to cross the police limits without the mandatory e-pass. Police were seen stopping motorists, with those without e-passes made to return home.







Tamil Nadu now makes e-registration compulsory for any kind of travel within the state or to the state. Persons can apply for an e-pass on

E Registration is granted for three categories:   

- Individual/Group travel via road - this includes inter district and intra district

- Individual/Group coming to Tamil Nadu via flight or train 

- Commercial establishments/ organisations/ traders/ financial companies  

According to the website, those travelling for funerals, elderly care, and medical emergencies are granted an e-pass.  

However, people under quarantine in 181 containment zones are warned against traveling and necessary action will be taken if they break the quarantine, the release from Chennai police said. All essential products will be delivered to them at their door steps, it added. An exemption for e-pass will be provided only in case of emergency medical treatment and for unavoidable situations, it said. 

The public will only be permitted to travel for purchasing essentials between 6 am and 10 pm without an Epass. Arrangements have also been made within police divisions to facilitate the purchasing of vegetables and other essentials, the order said.

The Chennai police said its personnel will be deployed on 205 two-wheeler patrolling vehicles, 309 four-wheeler patrolling vehicles and beat patrolling vehicles at important points.