In run up to Eid, 3-day relaxation from Tuesday

The divisional administration has announced a three-day relaxation in the lockdown from Tuesday across the Valley ahead of Eid-ul-Adha being celebrated on August 1. The lockdown was announced last week in view of the growing number of Covid-19 cases in the Valley.

The relaxation period will begin from Tuesday so that people can make purchases especially of sacrificial animals, officials said.

During the relaxation period, only private transport and auto rickshaws shall be allowed to ply. “No other public transport shall be allowed,” officials added.

Speaking with Greater Kashmir, divisional commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole said that the deputy commissioners of various districts will be issuing “separate rotational schemes for markets to operate” during the relaxation period.

“We expect large crowd in the markets during three days of relaxation. All efforts will be made to ensure that the crowd is regulated for which we also urge people to maintain social distancing,” Pole said.

As per the guidelines issued by the divisional administration, “no sale and purchase of sacrificial animals shall be allowed after July 31”.

Pole said enforcement teams of various departments will be active during the three-day relaxation period to ensure that shopkeepers and people follow the guidelines to prevent spread of Covid-19.

He said that a sufficient number of sacrificial animals were available in the markets. “We have even opened up the Mughal Road for transportation of sacrificial animals into the Valley. All the mandis where sale and purchase of sacrificial animals is taking place are being checked by enforcement squads so that there is no overpricing,” said Pole.

The Div Com urged people to follow social distancing norms while going out in the markets on the forthcoming festival.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said that “special markets” were being managed by the government across the summer capital in order to ensure sufficient supplies of sacrificial animals.

The department of Sheep Husbandry, and Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs department have deputed teams for managing sacrificial animal markets at various places in Srinagar. “People are advised to avoid overcrowding, maintain distance and personal hygiene,” DC Srinagar said.