Updated: May 31, 2021 8:03:30 am
A DAY after Pimpri-Chinchwad witnessed confusion over opening of shops over the weekend, shops dealing in essential items in many parts of the industrial city functioned normally on Sunday. On Saturday, there was confusion among shopkeepers as there was no order from the civic body allowing them to operate.
On Friday, the state government had allowed opening of shops on weekends as per weekday timings. The decision was taken at a meeting presided over by Health Minister Rajesh Tope. But by Friday evening, the Pimpr-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) had not issued orders to allow shopkeepers to operate. The order came only Saturday afternoon.
“On Saturday morning, there was confusion among shopkeepers…Some shopkeepers opened the shop, the police tried to fine them but later withdrew their action after we received the PCMC order copy,” said Srichand Aswani, president of Pimpri-Chinchwad Merchants Assocation. “Though there was confusion on Saturday, on Sunday there was no confusion as shops were fully open,” he added.
Besides essential shops, other shopkeepers dealing in cloth and mobile had also opened their shops in Pimpri Camp on Saturday. However, the police intervened and forced them to shut shop. Some were fined for violating the earlier civic order allowing only essential shops to remain open. Yogesh Choudhary, a retail shopkeeper from Kasarwadi, said, “When I went to Pimpri market on Saturday, there was utter confusion. No one was sure whether the government had allowed shops to open from this weekend or next weekened,” he said. However, footfall in Kasarwadi markets was also low, Choudhary said.
In his order, Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil said only essential shops will remain open during the weekend while all other shops will stay closed. “There will be no weekend lockdown in the city. The norms that are followed during weekdays will be applicable on Saturdays and Sundays as well,” he said.
The order said that on the weekend, grocery shops, vegetable shops, bakery, chicken and mutton shops will stay open every Saturday and Sundays. Pet shops and shops dealing in spectacles have also been allowed to remain open on weekends. The order said even those shops that deal in monsoon-related items for residents and institutes can also oeprate on weekends. While the PCMC commissioner’s order came on Saturday morning, the PMC commissioner’s order came on Friday.
Police Commissioner Krishna Prakash said, “Shops dealing in essential goods will remain open throughout the week. But residents should follow Covid norms strictly. Mask is mandatory but residents should not step out of their homes without a valid reason.”
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