DC Srinagar inspects lockdown implementation

The administration here on Friday took action against more than 50 stores and 80 vehicle-owners for violation of the COVID19 lockdown.

The action was taken during an inspection that District Magistrate (DM) Shahid Iqbal Choudhary 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 the executive magistrates and SHOs on the occasion.

On the occasion, a large number of vehicles were also checked for violations. Random inspections of vehicles held on the occasion revealed that maximum number of vehicles was moving without passes or emergencies.

For violation of norms, action as warranted under the Disaster Management Act has been initiated against more than 80 vehicles. The RTO Kashmir has been asked to take the necessary action in the matter.

The DDMA also 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 1,000 each was being imposed against vehicles found plying in violation of norms.

Meanwhile, teams in Tehsils across the district swung into action and took action against commercial establishment found involved in 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 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 general public has been urged to avoid gathering in bakeries.

Speaking in reference to it, the DC expressed concerns about violations of social distancing guidelines and closure orders.