Mayor Sandip Joshi’s janata curfew is likely to get a good response as most shops and offices will remain closed on Saturday and Sunday Shopkeepers, chartered accounts, lawyers etc have supported the curfew. However, industries outside the city and many of their offices within city limits will function making the curfew only partial.
Joshi said though it is self-imposed, he feels that people should not come out of their homes. To a query, the mayor said for the citizens’ well-being, he along with MLAs and MLCs will take a round of all six constituencies from 10 am to 1pm to ensure success of the self-imposed curfew. Joshi also took to social networking sites to people and appealed to them to take an oath “My Family Is My Responsibility.”
“All Nagpurians should take an oath that they will take all necessary precautions to break the chain of coronavirus by following certain guidelines like asking family members, neighbours to always wear masks, keep two meters of physical distancing, and wash hands with soaps regularly. We will not ill-treat Covid-19 patients and extend all cooperation and support to frontline warriors like doctors, paramedical staff, police sanitary workers,” he said.
Municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan B, however, clarified on social networking sites that janata curfew is completely self-imposed. “Getting a lot of queries on call of janata curfew on weekends. There is no official notification or order issued by NMC. It’s completely voluntary one. The need of the hour is avoiding unnecessary movements outside. Masks and maintaining social distancing are key (sic),” he tweeted while appealing to citizens to stay home, stay safe.
Vidarbha Taxpayers Association secretary Tejinder Singh Renu said, “Admittedly, janata curfew for Saturday Sunday in city is not a mandatory lockdown, but considering more than 60,000 Covid cases so far in Nagpur, we can very well understand that worst is probably yet to come.”
“In my hotel, we are carrying out some repairs and maintenance as it is closed. When I asked the contractor for work tomorrow, he immediately refused that being janata curfew, he will not come,” he said, adding, “So, awareness is already there and citizens are understanding the severity of the virus, which is good.”
“My request to restaurants working for takeaways to consider the threat and keep their establishments closed in public interest,” he added.
Chartered accountant Julfesh Shah said that CAs would keep their offices closed on Saturday and Sunday in view of janata curfew. “Everybody should follow the appeal,” he added.
Kamal Satuja, president of District Bar Association (DBA), said he had appealed to lawyers to keep their offices closed unless it was a case of remand or bail. “They should work only in case of emergency in the interest of the city,” he said.
However, Pradeep Khandelwal, president of Butibori Manufacturers Association (BMA), said the industries in Butibori and the companies’ offices in the city would function on Saturday. “However, I appeal to members to keep the offices closed and observe janata curfew. Jaan hai to jahan hai,” he added.
“Industries follow standard operating procedure (SOP) and maintain safe distance between workers. Besides, most of our workers do not live in the city,” he said.
Suresh Rathi, president of Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA), also said industrial units would function during the weekend.
Nag Vidarbha Chamber of Commerce (NVCC) has asked shopkeepers to keep their establishments closed during janata curfew. President Ashwin Mehadia released a video in this regard on Friday afternoon.
(With inputs from TimesOfIndia)