As the Telangana police refused to accept the ePasses issued by their Andhra Pradesh counterparts on Sunday, several vehicles were queued up near the Pullur toll gate on the Telangana-AP border in the Jogulamba-Gadwal district. At Ramapuram check-post in Suryapet also similar scenes were witnessed where the police did not allow vehicles without ePasses coming from AP over Krishna district's Garikapadu. R Bhaskaran, Suryapet SP, said that they were only allowing vehicles with valid epasses to enter Telangana from AP.
But at many places, entry of vehicles into the State was denied, stating that ePasses issued by the Andhra police were not valid in Telangana, and they did not receive any instructions from higher officials, which resulted in several ambulances carrying COVID patients requiring immediate medical assistance getting stuck in a traffic jam. One of the techies who was returning to Hyderabad from Bengaluru complained that they been stuck in traffic since morning, and the officials are not allowing them to enter the State even after getting an ePass from Andhra police to travel till Hyderabad.
According to him, numerous persons, especially natives of Kadapa and Kurnool, who were not permitted to cross the TS-AP border, returned to their homes. In spite of him being a native of Hyderabad, working in Bengaluru was also not allowed. He added that police asked him to stay till 6 AM on Monday and travel home during the lockdown relaxation time.
Another traveler said that the police are not letting them in and asking to apply for the ePass from the Telangana police portal, whose server is down since morning.
Since Sunday morning, the ePass website of the Telangana police portal has been down. The police personnel stated that the IT team was working on upgrading the dashboard by adding more categories for the passes, including Medical Emergency and two more options. Many of those who applied for the passes on Saturday evening also couldn't get their passes approved or rejected by the police due to this issue.