‘Open markets, malls on odd-even basis, resume bus, metro services with strict social distancing norms’: Delhi tells Centre
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Delhi government on Thursday received over 5 lakh suggestions from Delhiites regarding the roadmap after the third phase of lockdown. Based on these suggestion the Delhi government submitted a report to the Centre on the relaxations post-May 17 and suggested opening of markets and shopping complexes. The suggestions also include the resumption of bus and metro services with strict social distancing norms.
According to PTI sources, the Delhi government has also suggested opening of construction activities in the capital and demanded inter-city movement of labourers to be allowed. Taxis with two passengers will be allowed, they said, adding that in buses, 20 passengers are likely to be allowed to travel under strict social distancing norms.
"The government has suggested that 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," a PTI source said.
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.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that different economic activities will be allowed in the city from May 18 based on decisions taken by the Centre on lockdown relaxation.
Addressing an online media briefing, he 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.
Buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws should be allowed to operate in the city but with social-distancing, he said during the online briefing on Thursday.
On Tuesday, Kejriwal had sought suggestions from Delhiites on lockdown relaxations post-May 17 and asked them to send their views by 5 pm on Wednesday. He also made it clear that the lockdown cannot be lifted completely given that the city was recording a high number of coronavirus cases daily.
During a video conference chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with chief ministers of different states on Monday, Kejriwal had said barring containment zones, economic activities should be allowed to resume in the national capital.
(With PTI Inputs)
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