- Retail shops of essential commodities to open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in colonies/villages
- Wholesale market to open from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. only
Dimapur, April 4: In a fresh directive issued today, Deputy Commissioner Dimapur stated that only shops and business establishments dealing with pharmacies, petrol pumps, media house, essential commodities and vegetables would be opened for public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from April 6 onwards. Wholesale markets would open from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. only.
Vegetable vendors would be allowed to sell vegetables in the colonies/villages only and not in the main market.
New Market would remain closed completely.
The DC has directed the public to buy essential commodities from their respective colonies/village shops.
As the lockdown is enforced in the state, movement of all public has been restricted except those coming out to avail essential services.
The DC also urged everyone to maintain social distancing in all essential commodity shops.
Any person violating the order would be liable to be prosecuted against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act 2005 besides legal action under Section 188 of the IPC.
While the Deputy Commissioner has given relaxation to the public to purchase essential commodities from Monday onwards, he has failed to mention how people living in those colonies would purchase essential commodities where there are no grocery shops.
The DC’s order clearly mentions about vegetable vendors allowed to sell vegetables in colonies/villages, but is silent on grocery shops, where most essential commodities are available.
Meanwhile, according in an Order issued today, Commissioner of Police, Rothihu Tetseo has relaxed the prohibitory order for total restriction of movement for general public and vehicular movement in Dimapur district from April 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enable the general public for buying of essential goods within respective colonies/villages.
However, movement of general public would be restricted in the Dimapur main town area and all the Highway stretch within the district.
Police, Army, para military forces, magistrates/district administration, doctors/medical staff/chemist/pharmacist, ambulance or private vehicle carrying patient, media, DMC and sanitation, treasury, banks, power, PHED, IOC, FCI, food & civil supply, airport/railway staff and telecom/private internet services provider in discharge of official duty and vehicles transporting essential commodities would be exempted.
According to sources, highway stretch from DC Court Junction to Piphema and main town area would not be made accessible to general public and total restriction in vehicular movement would be imposed, except for transport vehicles with essential commodities.
Wholesale market (New Market/GS Road/Murgipatti) would regularly open from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. However, only authorized vehicles for transporting essential commodities to other district and retail shops in villages/colonies in Dimapur would be made accessible to the whole sale market and would remain out of bounds for general public. GS Road would be made one way traffic, entry from Army Suppl Road Jn (Jakhalu complex) and would exit towards Marwari Patti junction (Railway Siding).
Retail shops of essential commodities in colonies/villages would regularly open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Public movement would be relaxed during this period, however, they would not be allowed to move from one colony/village to another and they would not have access to the highway and Dimapur main town area.
(Page News Service)