Chandigarh, August 7
To contain the spread of Covid-19, the UT Administration has decided to implement the odd-even system in 11 congested markets of the city from tomorrow for the next six days.
UT Adviser Manoj Parida said the odd-even system would be followed in the congested markets from August 8 till August 14. “On August 8, only shops having even numbers will open. Similarly, on August 9, the shops having odd numbers will open,” he said.
The odd-even system will be introduced tomorrow at Krishna Market in Sector 41, the market area near old PNB, Burail Chowk, Shastri Market in Sector 22, Patel Market in Sector 15, the Sector 8 internal market, Azad Market in Sector 20, Palace Market in Sector 20, Booth Market in Sector 21, Palika Bazar in Sector 19, Sadar Market in Sector 19 and Janata Market in Sector 27.
“All booths, shops or SCOs, which are joined, will be considered as a single unit. If two numbers are joined, the lower number will be considered as relevant for closure. For example, if SCOs 1 and 2 are joined, it will be treated as single SCO and SCO 1 will be the number for implementation of the odd-even system,” said Parida.
Apart from this, Parida said the scooter repair market in Sector 43 would remain closed on all Sundays and four shops in the mobile market at Sector 22 would remain closed for the next six days.
The decisions would be reviewed every week, he said, adding that the SDMs would coordinate with market associations for enforcement of the orders. He said the weekend closure of Sukhna Lake would continue. During the review meeting, UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore directed all three heads of medical institutions to take greater care of persons with comorbidities and to ensure that fatalities are kept at the minimum. He also directed the PGI to start rapid antigen testing so that a large number of persons could be covered in a short time.
He said teams could visit in ambulances carrying antigen testing kits to conduct tests on the spot. — TNS
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