Updated: July 4, 2021 1:23:00 am
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has allowed reopening of the Laxmi Nagar market and surrounding markets from Saturday, provided Covid-19 appropriate behaviour is strictly followed. The order was issued on Friday following a meeting between DDMA (East), Delhi Police, East MCD, and the market association.
Meanwhile, the government on Saturday ordered closure of the Punjabi Basti market and Janta market in Nangloi from July 4 to July 6 as Covid-appropriate behaviour was not being followed.
The order allowing reopening of Laxmi Nagar and nearby markets, which were closed since Tuesday, said they will reopen on the condition that the market association and Chamber of Trade and Industry will ensure social distancing is maintained. Shopkeepers are also expected to ensure that distance is maintained and customers without masks are not allowed inside the premises.
The district police has been urged to increase the number of personnel, while traffic police will regulate traffic to ensure no crowding around the market.
The order stated, “Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers under Section 34 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the DDMA, District East, hereby directs that the Main Bazar, Laxmi Nagar from Vikas Marg to Lovely Public School, Kishan Kunj and its surrounding bazaars/markets like Mangal Bazar, Vijay Chowk, Subhash Chowk, Jagatram Park, Guru Ramdas Nagar etc are hereby allowed to open with effect 03.07.2021 with aforesaid conditions.”
The DCP (East), EDMC and the market association are tasked with ensuring strict compliance of the order.
The CDMO (East) will set up a mobile testing facility for shopkeepers and shoppers, and district authorities will organise special vaccination drives for shopkeepers and vendors at nearby centres. Further, authorities are expected to keep strict vigil and submit regular status reports.
On June 29, the Delhi administration had sealed the Laxmi Nagar market over violation of Covid protocol till July 5. Action was taken following a report by the SDM, Preet Vihar, which stated that vendors and public had not been following Covid-appropriate behaviour due to high footfall last Saturday.
Meanwhile, orders to close the Punjabi Basti and Janta market in Nangloi were issued by the government on Saturday after the SHO, Nangloi, had informed the SDM, Punjabi Bagh, of the violations.
The order read, “Whereas, amid the possibility of a third wave of Covid-19 pandemic and considering the gross violation of existing health protocol under covid-appropriate behaviour in these markets, I, Shalesh Kumar, Sub Divisional Magistrate/Incident Commander, Sub-Division, Punjabi Bagh, under DDMA Act, 2005, in exercise of power conferred under Act/Regulations mentioned above, and in overall imminent public interest, do hereby order for shutting down the entire market of Punjabi Basti and Janta Market, Nanglai from 04.07.2021 to 06.07.2021 (including market weekly off on Monday 05.07.2021).”
In another order, the SDM Shahdara directed the owner of Shop no 9/6434 in Mukherji Gali, Sardar Lal Market in Gandhi Nagar to shut their shop for a period of 7 days starting July 4 for the same reason. The SHO Gandhi Nagar had informed the district authorities about the violations.
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