In a relief to Wathoda residents, the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Friday directed Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) not to allow any person from Mominpura, declared as a containment area for Covid-19, set up meat market near Symbiosis International University.
The directives came while hearing a plea by aggrieved residents who challenged the NMC’s decision of May 4 to relocate the meat market known as ‘Bakra Mandi’ from Mominpura to the residential area of Wathoda.
Petitioners, through counsel Kartik Shukul assisted by Aman Verma and Raghav Bhandakar, apprehended that residents from the containment area would be visiting their locality which may lead to spread of Covid-19 infection. Jemini Kasat pleaded for the NMC and opposed the petitioners’ contention.
“In the prima facie view, the petitioners are justified in their apprehension. Therefore, it needs to be clarified that the NMC, in pursuance of its April 4 and 12 orders regarding sealing of roads in containment zones, shall strictly comply with the rules. It shouldn’t allow any person from the containment area to visit Wathoda,” said Justice Amit Borkar.
Petitioners — Umesh Unthkhede, Krishna Maske, and Dinesh Yewle — argued that relocating the market defeats the very purpose for which containment zones were declared. They said there is every possibility that such a market would result in the rapid spread of the virus.
(With inputs from timesofindia)