50 shops including a shopping mall, departmental stores sealed
The district administration Friday warned of “warranted enforcement” in case people didn’t adhere to the lockdown amid the coronavirus spread.
Despite Coronavirus scare, many shops in downtown Srinagar were abuzz with activities as people were seen busy in buying the food items, clothes violating the social distance guidelines ahead of the Eid festival.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Deputy Commissioner Shahid Choudhary said that even though lockdown will be eased in due course of time but the hasty pursuits at this stage will prove disastrous.
“Lockdown will ease in due course. Hasty pursuits at this stage will prove disastrous. Spent many hours on road to find disturbing locales. Stringent action initiated. Warranted enforcement to follow. Request cooperation to avoid all this (sic),” Choudhary tweeted.
The district administration today took action against over 50 stores and 80 vehicle-owners for violation of restrictions.
The action was taken during an inspection that the DM conducted.
The DM inspected markets at several places including Sanantnagar, Hyderpora, Chhanpora, Bagh-e-Mehtab, Jawahar Nagar, south city and Batmalloo. Tehsildars Chanpora and South and SHOs concerned accompanied him.
During the inspection it was found that a large number of non-essential and non-permitted shops including readymade garments, furniture, hardware, and others were illegally operating. Violations of social distancing norms and hygiene were also seen at many department stores and bakeries.
Hundreds of people were found inside shops in complete violation of social distancing norms posing a serious threat.
In view of such violations more than 50 shops including a shopping mall and department stores were sealed by concerned Executive Magistrates and SHOs on the occasion.
On the occasion a large number of vehicles were also checked for violations.
For violation of norms action as warranted under the Disaster Management Act 2005 has been initiated against more than 80 vehicles. The RTO Kashmir has been asked to take the necessary action in the matter.
The DDMA has imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each in case of violations by stores in shopping malls and department stores and a fine of Rs 1000 each is being imposed against vehicles found plying in violation of norms.
Meanwhile, teams in Tehsils across the district swung into action and took action commercial establishment found involved ok overpricing. Some 15 establishments found to be overcharging from customers were fined during the inspection.
The district administration has asked all commercial establishments as well as the general public to ensure strict adherence to notified norms of lockdown and avoid all forms gatherings and crowds.
Bakers have been asked to home-deliver items to customers in their areas of jurisdiction as per terms of agreement and the general public has been urged to avoid gathering in bakeries.
Jammu Kashmir Government on Tuesday issued new guidelines for the fourth phase of lockdown under which the erstwhile state has been divided into two-three zones.
Under the guidelines, only limited activities with a proper pass would be allowed in the erstwhile state.
According to the government, all districts of Kashmir province except Ganderbal and Bandipora has been declared red zones were minimal activities would be allowed by the administration.
Ganderbal and Bandipora have been declared orange zones.
In Jammu province Kathua, Samba, and Ramban have been declared red zones, while Reasi, Udhampur, and Jammu district have been declared orange zones. Similarly, Doda, Kishtwar, Poonch and Rajouri has been declared green zones.