Shocked At Heavy Traffic In Mumbai, CM Uddhav Thackeray Warns Of Stricter Curbs

Maharashtra curfew
by Suchismita Pal
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Maharashtra had going on a complete lockdown. With the implementation of the curfew, all amusement parks, cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, religious places were closed. Shooting for films, serials and advertisements was not allowed. Salons, parlors, and barbershops remained closed. Schools, colleges, coaching centers remained closed as well. However, now there is heavy traffic movement on Mumbai streets despite the lockdown. Seemingly unhappy with the heavy vehicular movement in Mumbai amid the raging coronavirus fears, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday warned of imposing stricter curbs.  “I was shocked to see heavy vehicular traffic in Mumbai today. I was wondering if I said anything about restrictions being lifted last night, but I didn’t. If this continues, stricter curbs will have to be imposed,” Thackeray said.

Vehicles Should Ply For Emergency Purposes Only

Meanwhile, Maharashtra has extended lockdown-like curbs till June 15. And while the Maharashtra government will allow private vehicles to ply for emergency and essential purposes, residents will not be allowed to move around the city without any valid reason. There is no requirement for an e-pass for essential and emergency services. Private vehicles can ply on the streets during the restrictions provided they have a valid reason.

Any default will be punishable with a fine of ₹1,000, the order said. Also, no standing passengers will be allowed in private buses. The staff is also directed to get vaccinated as per the government criteria.

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Hotels And Restaurants Can Allow Takeaways And Home Deliveries

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a 15-day lockdown in the state, prohibiting all non-essential activities. Hotels and restaurants will remain closed, however, they can offer takeaways and home deliveries. No social, political or cultural gatherings can take place. The Returning Officer might give permission of political gathering for campaigning under the guidelines of the Election Commission with not more than 200 people or 50 percent occupancy. Marriages can be allowed inside a place of worship, with adherence to the protocols. Shops will remain closed, except those providing essential services. BMC Allows 24*7 Food Delivery In Mumbai: Here’s A List Of Eateries That Deliver Late Night Meals

 

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Public Transport To Operate For Essential Service Providers

The curfew exempts essential services like hospitals, grocery shops, pharmaceutical companies, animal care services, cargo services, postal services, etc. Autorickshaws, buses, taxis, and trains can ply for essential service providers. Autorickshaws can allow 2 passengers, other than the driver. Four-wheelers can have drivers and 50 per cent seating capacity. Buses can have full seating capacity, but they cannot allow passengers to stand.  For outstation trains, railway authorities will ensure that there are no standing passengers. Mask violators in public transport will have to face a fine of ₹500. Non-compliance of COVID appropriate behaviour in trains will result in a fine of ₹500.

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