Admin Hints At Partial Reopening Of Srinagar Markets


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Srinagar: Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said on Thursday hinted that there will be no need to implement or extend lockdown restrictions in the district if people will follow SOPs properly.

Choudhary said that district administration Srinagar conducted several meetings with religious heads and traders wherein lifting of lockdown restrictions were thoroughly discussed. Besides other vital issues, resumption of trade and market was also discussed with stakeholders.

DC hinted out that if administration will open 50 percent markets from August 16, SOPs have to be adhered in letter and spirit.

“If we abide by SOPs properly, I don’t think any need for enforcing or extending lockdown may arise”, he said.

While talking to reports here, Choudhary said that in wake of surge in Covid-19 cases, the authorities were compelled to impose lockdown restrictions for the wellbeing of the community.

“Experts are saying that more Covid-19 cases may arise in Srinagar and there are less chances of seeing a decline in figures in coming days. So in situation like this, it is our responsibility to follow SOPs, use masks, maintain required social distance and take all other precautionary measures to keep the virus away”, he said.

Choudhary said that district administration interacted with over 3000 religious leaders who were apprised the lethal consequences of the pandemic.

“We are hopeful religious leaders will play a pivotal role in persuading masses to follow SOPs when religious places will be thrown open for people”, DC said.

He maintained that further required information and awareness about lockdown will be made public in a separate notification.

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