With an eye on exiting the lockdown, the Gujarat government on Tuesday announced that it will permit industries and businesses in Rajkot city to function starting May 14.
“Chief minister Vijay Rupani has announced that from May 14 onwards, permissions to open all industries and businesses in Rajkot will be given by the district collector,” said Ashwani Kumar, secretary to CM. “Apart from the containment zones in Rajkot, industries and businesses will open,” he said, adding that Rajkot was in the “orange zone” but the government had earlier asked the district administration to refrain from beginning any activity for a week.
“Since there was no new Covid-19 case in the last one week, the state government decided to open businesses from Thursday,” Kumar added. The industries and businesses that open in Rajkot city will have to follow the Standard Operating procedures prescribed to the industries, the official said.
As of Tuesday, Rajkot district had recorded 68 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Out of these, 63 have come to light from Rajkot city, while five have been reported from the rural areas. Of those five, three are from Gondal town, one from Jetpur town and one from Munjka village on the outskirts of the city.
There are seven containment zone in the district. Of them, four are in Rajkot city— including Jungleshwar, Rajlakshmi Society and Manhar Plot— two in Gondal town and one in Jeptur town. So far, 48 have recovered and been discharged while two have succumbed to the infectious disease.
The chief minister on Tuesday also held a video conference with all the officials, district collectors and police officials to discuss the strategy for the near future. Rupani had also sought feedback from the district collectors regarding steps that could be taken to streamline the social and economic activities in the state. “The chief minister also took suggest regarding what services can be restarted in phases in the coming days; what are the precautions to be taken; how to restart public transport, taxis and cabs,” the official added.
Ashwani Kumar said that about 8 lakh workers are now working in the industries of the state after relaxations were given on April 20. “The current electricity consumption in the state is about 68-70 percent of the consumption that used to happen in normal times. This means that normalcy is slowly returning to the industries,” the official said.
Talking about CM Rupani’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, the official said, “The chief minister also informed PM Modi that time has come to take adequate precautions and exit from a number of controls of lockdown and move towards normalcy with a definite plan. At the same time, the government will fully concentrate it’s strength on dealing with the containment zones in the state,” Kumar said.
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