Lockdown 3.0 | 'Time to re-open Delhi, will urge Centre to declare only containment areas as Red zone': Kejriwal
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that time has come to re-open the national capital while adding that people will have to be ready to live with the dreadful coronavirus.
Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal said that the state government will urge the Centre to declare only containment areas in the city as red zone and not the entire district.
"Entire Delhi is a Red zone. The central government has given some relaxations to the red zones and we will be allowing all that," Kejriwal said.
Praising the Centre's decision to impose the lockdown on March 24, Kejriwal said that it was necessary at that time as the country was not prepared to fight the novel coronavirus.
"That time the country was not ready to fight COVID-19. We had no idea of social distancing, neither the people or hospitals were ready. We had no Personal Protective Equipment kits or testing kits either," Kejriwal said.
The Delhi Chief Minister, however, said that the country will not be able to sustain the lockdown for long as the economy is in peril. He said that the revenue has fallen from Rs 3,500 crores in April month of previous years to Rs 300 crores this year and the government will not be able to function like this.
Announcing that the Delhi government will implement all the Centre's order on lockdown 3.0, Kejriwal said that the city-state is fully ready to relax the restrictions.
Kejriwal said that private offices will be allowed to operate with 33 per cent of strength while government offices engaged in essential services will function with full strength.
He said that malls, cinemas, salons, market complexes, Delhi Metro will continue to remain shut while shops selling essentials will continue to be open in the extended period of lockdown.
Delivery of essential goods through e-commerce portals will continue, Kejriwal said while adding that the state government will take strict action against those found spitting at public places.
"All inter-state buses, metros and air travel will be suspended. Autos will be suspended too. The movement of the goods will be allowed," he said, adding that standalone shops will be allowed to open irrespective of whether they sell essential or non-essential items.
The movement of people between 7 pm and 7 am will be barred unless something essential. Four category of people -- those above 65-year, pregnant women, those having serious diseases and children below the age of 10 -- are not allowed to step out, Kejriwal said while adding that they are more prone to the infection which can even kill them.
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