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COVID surge: Admin ‘enforces’ 50 percent closure of markets in Sgr

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Srinagar: In a bid to curb the spread of covid-19 infection the district administration Srinagar on Wednesday enforced 50 per cent opening of shops in the markets and other places across the district. However, the traders objected to the move, saying that the government should rather go for a shutdown on a rotational basis and that too after taking them on board.
Pertinently, Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir has recorded sharp increase in the number of daily COVID-19 positive cases from past over two weeks, forcing the administration to take a series of measures to contain the virus from spreading.
In one such measure, the administration today enforced 50 per cent closure of shops with officials stating that the shops and business establishments will remain open on a rotational basis.
“Markets having shops on both sides of the road will remain open on a rotation basis on a particular day while markets having shops on one side of the road will remain open on an odd-even basis,” Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar had said in an order yesterday. Besides, the public transport shall as per the order be permitted to ply only at 50 per cent of authorized seating capacity.
However, the traders’ community expressed resentment against the order, saying that the decision will not help contain the virus.
They also complaint that they were not been taken on board before announcing the new decision.
Noorudin, a shopkeeper from Lal Chowk said: “we can’t follow the opening of markets on rotation. Instead we can open shops on alternate days.”
Farooq Ahmed, another shopkeeper from Lalchowk said “ There is no benefit of this kind of rotational lockdown. Administration should impose area wise lockdown like one day for uptown and one day for downtown areas as that is a better option “.
“It is a surprising decision taken by authorities as nobody from association was taken on board. Administration should talk to traders first before imposing any restrictions on traders,” President Traders Federation Kashmir Muhammad Yaseen Khan said. (KNO)

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