The government in Chandigarh decided on Saturday to lift the curfew set to curb the spread of Covid-19 from Sunday midnight and allow the opening of industrial markets, government and private offices and the resumption of industrial activity and traffic on Monday morning. However, they are carried out according to a strange formula and with certain limitations.
Apart from this assistance, which will be provided in 40 days, the whole city will not remain a containment area and will be limited to six affected areas of Kovid-19, including some of the hotspots in the Bapu Dam settlement and Sector 30, where no assistance is planned.
In the announcement, UT councillor Manoi Parida said that even if the blockade was extended by 15 days, there would be a relaxation in accordance with the central guidelines for red zones, since the city would remain in this category.
However, UT has introduced additional flexibility, such as a new odd numbering formula for vehicle traffic and general trading, based on comments from different housing groups, he said.
Paris said the relaxation would not apply to bags, where UT Vice-President Singh Badnor stressed the need for a constant and comprehensive review of all suspected cases.
In a statement on Saturday, Badnor also called on citizens to maintain a social distance and warned that areas where the rules are broken will again be declared prohibited zones.
ODD – EVEN A NEW EXPERIENCE
The odd parity formula will apply to both shops and vehicles, Parida said. From Monday, even cars and business premises are allowed. It continues weekly in rotation mode. We can check it out if there are any practical problems with the execution, Parida said. However, these restrictions do not apply to emergencies and public transport, with the exception of grocery shops.
The idea is to have fewer vehicles on the city roads and to encourage people to travel with others until more relaxation is allowed.
Private cars of civil servants are also not exempt from the rules, adds Paris, and points out that no interstate pass is needed to travel to Chandigarh from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but a strange formula applies.
Shops won’t be closed on Sundays either, he added, a strange image that also applies to people working in rural and residential areas.
DEALERS SATISFIED, INDUSTRY NEEDS CLARIFICATION
According to the chairman of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal, Kharangiv Singh, traders were satisfied with the decision to open the stores on an odd number of bases. But the time from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. was too long. I encourage dealers to follow their own safety rules, he added.
Pankaj Hannah, president of the Chandigarh Industrial Association, wanted detailed instructions on how to start production in the city.
We have many doubts about which industry can be opened up to the red zone according to the guidelines of the Ministry of the Interior, for which we want separate instructions from the administration. More than 30,000 people are working in the industrial areas of Chandigar, and they have been waiting a long time for an industrial recovery, he said.
Haytesh Puri, president of the Chandigarh Residents Association Welfare Association, said that the initiative is welcome, but that public and administrative attention to the fight against Covid-19 should not be overshadowed. He added that strict measures were needed against those who violated the restrictions.