Decision taken after serious violations this week: DC
In view of serious violations in various areas during last one week, the government Saturday decided to impose complete lockdown with strict restrictions in Srinagar till May 31.
An order in this regard was issued by Deputy Commissioner and Chairman District Disaster Management Authority ( DDMA) Srinagar Shahid Choudhary.
The direction follows a comprehensive review of the ground situation and in light of guidelines as laid down for COVID-19 containment zones.
The decision was taken in a marathon meeting of the DDMA discussing the overall situation surrounding COVID-19 and various aspects thereof in the district.
Despite Coronavirus scare, shops in downtown Srinagar was abuzz with activities as people were seen busy in buying the food items, clothes violating the social distance guidelines ahead of the Eid festival.
Policemen on Saturday were seen taking strict action against those stepping out of their houses amid the coronavirus threat.
Choudhary said the prevailing situation due to COVID-19 and the need to prevent waste of effort made so far for containment of the disease has also necessitated the need to enforce strict lockdown for more time.
The meeting held a comprehensive review of the situation on the ground, the status of red zones, active cases, surveillance, the influx of travelers from other states and abroad, security measures, and other aspects.
Giving details about the tightening of restrictions from tomorrow the meeting was informed that operations related to essential services will be allowed as per existing norms whereas permitted outlets will be allowed to operate strictly as per laid-down conditions in such orders.
"It has been ordered that all commercial establishments shall remain closed during the lockdown extension period. It was informed that shopping complexes, bazars, haats and roadside parkings will also be strictly prohibited," the minutes of the meeting read.
"It has been directed that violations be strictly acted against and violators booked under provisions of the disaster management act," it said.
The RTO Kashmir has been asked to initiate strict action against vehicles found plying in violation of the DDMA orders as issued earlier.
The private offices will be allowed to operate with less than 33 percent of staff strength. This does not apply to areas notified as red zones where no such operations will be allowed.
Similarly, the drug stores and distributors can operate as per the existing guidelines whereas banks have been asked to ensure strict implementation of instructions for social distancing norms or face action.
Service providers like mechanics, electricians, plumbers, and others will be allowed to move as individuals and in strict compliance with norms guiding protective equipment.
SSP Srinagar Haseeb Mughal who also attended the meeting said an elaborate plan has been prepared to enforce strict lockdown in the district.
The meeting also discussed the ongoing COVID-19 testing which has been enhanced and expedited in the district over the last three weeks. Chief Medical Officer Dr Jahangir Bakshir while briefing the meeting about the status of sampling and testing informed that Srinagar has crossed the 10,000 mark.