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Thursday, 3 September 2020

Odd-even for shops in Chandigarh goes from tomorrow

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 2

The UT Administration has decided to discontinue the odd-even system for shops in congested markets from September 4.

This was decided at a review meeting, chaired by UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore, here today. However, the onus of ensuring social distancing and wearing of masks will be on shop owners.

In view of the rise in coronavirus cases, the Administration had ordered the closure of shops on the basis of the odd-even formula in 12 congested markets, including Patel Market in Sector 15, Shashtri Market in Sector 22, Sadar Bazaar and Palika Bazaar in Sector 19, in the city.

At the meeting, it was decided that apni mandis will not be operated till further orders. However, organic markets can function with necessary precautions near Nagar Van. The Chief Conservator of Forests will ensure proper social distancing and sanitisation of the area.

The Administrator appealed to citizens, market associations, volunteers and councillors to advise people to immediately approach the Administration for medical help in case of initial Covid symptoms. Adequate beds, medicines and facilities were available for treatment of Covid patients, he said.

KK Yadav, officiating Deputy Commissioner, said 14,594 challans had been issued for various violations such as not wearing masks and failure to adhere to social distancing.

Sanjay Kumar Jha, Secretary (Personnel), said the typing test to be conducted by Panjab University for selecting employees of the UT Administration had been suspended due to Covid-19. The university authorities would take appropriate decision on the matter shortly, he added.

from The Tribune

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