BHUBANEWAR / CUTTACK: With the state government weighing various options for stricter containment measures amid a massive spike in coronavirus cases, community involvement appears to be given priority during the second wave of the pandemic of Covid in Odisha.
A day after the community of traders in Ganjam decided to close shops from 2 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the next 10 days in urban areas of the neighborhood, various traders associations and market committees in Cuttack announced on Friday that Millenium commercial establishments The city will remain open from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May 3 to 18.
As per the decision taken at a meeting of different traders’ organizations, including the Cuttack, Malgodown and Chhatra Bazar Chamber of Commerce Trader Associations, all stores and commercial establishments will remain closed from 2 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the morning from May 3 due to the upsurge in coronavirus infections.
However, stores of drugs, medical equipment and surgical items will be excluded from the new regulation, which will remain in effect for 15 days until May 18.
Cuttack Chamber of Commerce secretary general Prafulla Kumar Chhatoi said all associations of traders and sellers unanimously agreed to reduce the market timetable to curb the spread of the virus.
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âThe unprecedented increase in new cases has forced us to call an emergency meeting and decide to take strict measures to protect ourselves and the community from infection. All the traders and even the fortune sellers have voluntarily come forward to close the shops in the afternoon and evening, âChhatoi said.
Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) welcomed the decision of the traders’ associations and urged city residents to support the initiative and stick to the new schedule. âThe sou-moto salespeople have decided to lower the shutters from 2 pm to 5 am. We hope this will help contain the spread of infection, âsaid CMC Commissioner Ananya Das.
On April 26, traders and vendors in nine small towns in Kalahandi announced the closure of their stores until May 2. Vegetable vendors were allowed to operate until 10 a.m. for the convenience of people.
Earlier this week, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik called for involvement at the community level urging people to take such initiatives whenever necessary to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Welcoming the efforts of the associations of traders and traders, who have limited their commercial activities and closed shops voluntarily, the Chief Minister had asked the collectors to work on this type of community initiatives and to make the associations of residents, the bodies traders and various organizational partners to contain the pandemic.