In view of the continuing rise in the number of Covid-19 patients in the Dehradun district, the police prohibited the entry of four wheelers in some crowded market areas of the city since Monday to limit the crowd and reduce traffic. At least two police personnel were stationed at the entry points of various marketplaces including Raja Road, Paltan Bazaar and Moti Bazaar. One of the police personnel stationed at the entry point of Raja Road, Rekha Bhandari said, “We did not allow any four-wheelers and three-wheeler vehicles inside the market. Some people insist on letting them enter at least once but we did not permit it. However, if somebody resides in that area, we let them go.” Apparently, such barricades at the entry points of the main marketplaces were set up on the suggestion of the shopkeepers and businessmen of the marketplaces. Informing about this, the city president of Udyog Vyapar Mandal, Pankaj Masson said that some officials from Dehradun district administration along with the police arrived in the market on Sunday to mark the shops with the numbers so that the shops can be opened with the even and odd number system from Monday. However, according to him, the shopkeepers did not approve this move of the administration. “We talked to SP (City) Shweta Choubey along with some officials from district administration and asked them to barricade the main entry points in the markets where the crowd congestion is high instead of directing shopkeepers to open shops as per odd and even system,” said Masson. He said that the overcrowding in the market probably gives out the idea to others that they all come to shop in the market but it is not so.
According to Masson, the shopkeepers in the market are not doing quite well presently and applying the odd-even system will bring them toward more loss. “The administration has told us that if the situation will not get better in the markets despite taking all the preventive measures by Wednesday, the administration will implement the odd-even system for the operation of shops to limit the crowd,” said Masson. On the question of whether the shopkeepers will approve of this decision, Masson refused saying that no shopkeeper will operate their shops as per the said system. However, he added, if the situation will demand it, the administration can either allow the markets to open for five days a week or allow shops to open on alternate days as it was being done earlier.
Tuesday, 14 July 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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