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Authorities evoke Disaster Management Act to combat coronavirus in Srinagar

17-03-2020

Srinagar,The authorities have issued a list of measures, including closure of educational institutes, hotels, gardens, food carts and saloons, under Disaster Management Act to contain the spread of Coronavirus in Srinagar, where no one has tested positive for the disease.District Magistrate, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary on Tuesday said that a notification has been issued under the Disaster Management Act for measures aimed at containment of Coronavirus spread in Srinagar.“All medical colleges, universities, coaching centres and other educational institutions — government and private — shall continue to remain closed till further orders. The Heads of departments/institutions shall devise/submit proposal for televised coaching/classes at least by March 20 which shall be supported/financed by the district administration of Srinagar,” the order read.It said that all Hostels and Canteens shall remain closed till further notice.
'All gardens and parks in district Srinagar shall remain closed till further notice issued by DDMA Srinagar. It shall be responsibility of concerned Estates Officer to ensure that the parks are not opened to public in any case till such notification is issued,' it added.

The order further said that no restaurants, food courts, food joints, street food kiosks, roadside eateries, community kitchens, home delivery of food services etc. shall operate in district Srinagar till further notification by DDMA Srinagar. 'No conferences, workshops, rallies, gatherings, sit in protests etc shall be organised till March 31, in the first instance,' it said.It said no community hall, government or private, shall offer any booking, henceforth, for any public function, social or religious, adding no Gymnasiums, Saloons, Spa etc. shall operate till further orders.No clubs, including Government/Semi Government/Private, shall operate till further notification by DDMA, and after proper sanitation, certification from SMC as and when required by the authority,' the order read.

The order said that it shall be mandatory for tour operators, travel agencies to declare details of 100 per cent bookings done through them for all International/National air travel, which may include local road journeys. Director Tourism, Kashmir shall obtain such details and provide through nodal officer as finalised in meeting held on March 16.'The public transport as of now shall remain under constant vigil by traffic police and traffic department as per the decisions taken in meeting of DDMA held on March 16. Any vehicle found overloaded shall be seized by traffic police and not released till further orders. SMC has initiated fumigation of bus stops and buses which shell be ensured for universal coverage by the RTO Kashmir,' the order reads.

The order reads that in case of any violation of the directions ,action as per the law will be taken.It said that an amount of Rs 1 crore has been released to GMC, SMC, SKIMS, CMO and others for such measures as may be required for an effective response o mitigate the spread of coronavirus.'The team of Health department deputed at Srinagar Airport shall be further strengthened in terms of manpower and logistics for effective screening of travelers,' the order added.

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