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Delhi Government Asks Centre To Let Reopen Markets, Malls On Odd-Even Basis

Arvind Kejriwal had said earlier that different economic activities will be allowed in the city post-May 17 based on decisions taken by the centre

 

 

NEW DELHI| On Thursday Delhi government submitted a proposal to the centre on lockdown relaxations post-May 17 and suggested the opening of markets, shopping complexes and operation of buses and metro services with strict social distancing norms.

The government sources told PTI, the state government has suggested operation of construction activities in the national capital and that movement of labourers within Delhi be allowed.

In taxis, two passengers will be allowed, in buses, 20 passengers are likely to be allowed to travel under strict social distancing norms.

The sources said, “The government has suggested that the opening of markets, complexes and malls should be allowed in Delhi. However, shops engaged in non-essential items in shopping complexes and malls should be allowed to operate on an odd-even basis.

In the next two-three days, the government will come out with a standard operating procedure to allow economic activities from Monday in the national capital.

Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said earlier that different economic activities will be allowed in the city from May 18 based on decisions taken by the centre on lockdown relaxation.

In Video briefing Kejriwal said, most people suggested that schools, colleges, barbershops, spa, salons, cinema halls and swimming pools should not be opened post-May 17, and there should be just limited operation of metro services.

On Tuesday, Mr Kejriwal had sought suggestions from Delhiites on lockdown relaxations post-May 17 and asked them to send their views by 5 pm on Wednesday.

During the video conference with PM Modi with all the CM’s, Kejriwal said barring containment zones, economic activities should be allowed to resume in the national capital.

Kejriwal said, “The country, including Delhi, has been closed for the last one and a half months due to coronavirus-induced lockdown. It was easy to close, but we have to work very hard to open up the economy. We usually do hard work. The coming times are very difficult.”

The CM said they have received 5 lakhs of opinions from the people on the lockdown relaxation post-May 17 and most of them suggested strict action against those not wearing masks and violating social distancing norms.

Delhi’s CM said, “Different activities will be allowed in Delhi from Monday based on the Centre’s decisions on lockdown relaxation. But, it is sure that we have to follow social-distancing strictly.”

He also added, “We also got suggestions from market associations and most of them advocated the opening of markets on an odd-even basis. Some people said malls can open by allowing the opening of one-third shops.”

Kejriwal said, “Some suggestions were in favour of closure of hotels, but most of them advocated the opening of restaurants through which home-delivery of food and takeaway facility can be allowed.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently asked states to send their proposals on what they want post-May 17 when the third phase of lockdown ends, Arvind Kejriwal said.

On Tuesday, Mr Kejriwal had made it clear that the lockdown cannot be lifted completely given that the city was recording a high number of coronavirus cases daily.

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