Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, March 21
In view of the Covid-19 threat, District Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal today carried surprise checks at restaurants and marriage palaces in the city.
A restaurant, “Big N Meats”, on Pakhowal Road was found serving food to its customers on the premises. Its owner was issued a warning. The DC also checked marriage palaces on Ferozepur Road.
A function was being organised at the King Castle marriage palace in Khanna, after which an FIR was registered against the owners. They have been directed not to serve food to their customers on their premises, and told that only packaged food facility was allowed. Similarly, the hotels would continue to function, but they would not be allowed to use their banquet halls.
Action against schools
Strict action has been recommended against persons who had opened their schools in violation of the government orders. The schools include Shaheed Bhagat Singh Public School in Haibowal Khurd, Mata Mohan Dai Oswal Public Senior Secondary School on Daba Road, Sardar Atma Singh Public Senior Secondary School, Mukand Singh Gali, Daba Road, RS Model Public School in Mundian Khurd and Sant Ishar Singh Memorial Public School in Rara Sahib. The District Education Officers have written to the department for strict action against these schools.
Agrawal said there was no suspected patient of Covid-19 in the district. He said the Health Department had taken 19 samples to date and all of them had tested negative.
The District Magistrate has appointed all Electoral Officers as Coronavirus Vigilance Officers for their respective constituencies. These officials would ensure that all directions of the government are complied with in their respective areas.
Hand sanitiser prices
He said according to the Union Government notification, the price of 200 ml bottle of hand sanitiser cannot be more than Rs 100, and the price of hand sanitiser in other packagings would also be fixed as per the above-mentioned price. This price would remain in force till June 30.
The Deputy Commissioner said two buildings, girls hostel of Meritorious School and Parker House at PAU, have been designated as “quarantine wards”. He also visited these places today. He said the Meritorious School Principal, Col Amarjit Singh, and the PAU Estate Officer, Dr Ashok Kumar, had been appointed nodal officers.
The Civil Surgeon, Dr Rajesh Kumar Bagga, has been asked to ensure proper arrangements at these places. Other places in the district would also be announced as quarantine wards, said the DC.
Agrawal has also directed the MC Commissioner, all SDMs, MC officials, BDPOs, executive officers to ensure that they provide information about all persons who have come back after visiting foreign countries in their respective areas so that this information can be shared with the Health Department.
This information should be provided daily in the set proforma at the Health Department’s helpline number 01612444193 and WhatsApp number 9814310675 without fail.
To prevent spread of Covid-19, the Municipal Corporation has decided to conduct sanitisation of roads with disinfectant sodium hypochlorite. The drive would start from Pakhowal Road and will be conducted on several other roads on Saturday night. It will be then conducted in various other roads of the city in the coming days.
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