Vehicles To Be Refueled Only If People Wear Masks In Bangalore

It has been recently shared that Bangalore is a hotspot for the COVID19 virus and yet there are negligencies amidst people around the garden city. As the lockdown continues, measures are taken to implement the central government’s order of maintaining social distancing and urging people to stay at home. One such unique measure to ensure that people follow the dictates to the ‘T’ was found here in Bangalore. Right from banning two-wheelers are four-wheelers in public till 14th April, to refusing to refuel vehicles if people don’t wear masks, Bangalore has been taking strict measures to prevent the rapid spread of coronavirus. Vehicles which are used by people of essential services will be permitted on the road, but even those people will need to wear masks in order to get their vehicles refuelled. 

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What’s In It?

Petrol pumps in Bangalore are denying refuelling to anyone not wearing masks. While WHO and government health facilities are stressing to cover the face, the Vice President of Akhila Karnataka Federation of Petroleum Traders, A Tharanth, has announced that customers not wearing masks will not be entertained inside any petrol pumps, He also added that measures will be taken to ensure every employees’ safety as they have been working amidst this lockdown.

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This measure is taken to ensure that people wear masks not only for their own safety but also for the community. Also, people should be empathetic towards the working staff who have been still working amidst this pandemic to ensure a smooth transition in our day to day life. It is also important to note that the police department has banned two-wheelers and four-wheelers by the public until 14th April. In a tweet released on 1st April, the Karnataka Director General of Police Praveen Sood wrote, “This is not an April Fool’s prank. Two four-wheelers are banned from use till the 14th of April. We will SEIZE your vehicle if you CEASE to ignore this lockdown regulation”

What’s More?

“Despite numerous requests and announcements, people are still being found on the streets. We should understand the reason behind the lockdown. If they are part of essential services, nobody is going to stop them. But what is important for people to understand is this is a time of hardship, and we all need to maintain restraint to ensure we fight this virus,” the Karnataka Director General of Police Praveen Sood said. Did you know Tech Savvy BBMP Uses Drones To Sanitize Major Locations In Bangalore?

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There are further guidelines where only one person- one car is being followed and people are urged to not come with their family members. Also, two-wheelers are discouraged. Meanwhile, the Indian Oil Company has ensured that even with a skeletal staff, sufficient fuel is available for Bangaloreans. While these measures are being taken, authorities still urge that people to stay at home and any person who is found outside leisurely on a vehicle may have their transportation seized by the police. So Bangaloreans, be safe and be careful!

Sanjana Shenoy
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