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Pune: No final decision on weekend lockdown yet, says PCMC commissioner

His reaction came following the idea of a two-day lockdown proposed by Mayor Usha Dhore.

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune |
Updated: March 20, 2021 7:04:50 pm
PCMC Commissioner Rajesh Patil (Express Photo)

THE Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation on Saturday said discussions about imposing a lockdown or ‘janata curfew’ on weekends was underway but no final decision has been taken yet.

“We are discussing the possibility of imposing a lockdown or janata curfew on weekends but no decision has been taken as yet…we might take the decision next week,” Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil told The Indian Express on Saturday.

His reaction came following the idea of a two-day lockdown proposed by Mayor Usha Dhore. Her suggestion had received wide support from political parties like NCP and Shiv Sena and even from civic activists.

The PCMC chief said the civic body was in the process of getting feedback from people. “… We will base our decision on the feedback we receive,” he said.

Patil said since cases are surging every day, they have decided to increase the number of vaccination centres from 40 to 80-90. “Since we are taking the step of increasing vaccination, we are not as of now laying emphasis on lockdown. Our entire focus as of now is on stepping up vaccination,” he said.

Dhore, however, said, “If people continue to crowd public places and refuse to compulsorily wear masks, which would lead to further rise in cases, we will have no option but to impose lockdown next weekend,” adding that she has already instructed civic officials about exploring the possibility of imposing the lockdown if the number of cases don’t come down by next week.

Appealing to the people to observe Covid- appropriate behaviour, the mayor lamented, “Despite the fact that positive cases are spiraling, many local residents are still not taking it seriously. They are unnecessarily moving out of their homes or attending marriage ceremonies and birthday parties. Local residents should act responsibly… these are difficult times, we should all make an united effort to bring positive cases down.”

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