Srinagar, May 23 : Over 50 establishments, including shopping malls and department stores, were sealed while action was also taken against 80 vehicle owners for violating social distancing norms and restrictions imposed by the Srinagar district administration to prevent the spread of Covid-19 pandemic. An official spokesman said District Magistrate (DM), Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary inspected several markets, including Sanantnagar, Hyderpora, Chhanpora, Bagh-e-Mehtab, Jawahar Nagar, south city and Batmaloo. Tehsildars Chanpora and South and SHOs concerned accompanied him on Friday.
During the inspection it was found that a large number of non-essential and non-permitted shops including readymade garments, furniture, hardware, and others were illegally operating. Violations of social distancing norms and hygiene were also seen at many department stores and bakeries. Hundreds of people were found inside shops in complete violation of social distancing norms posing a serious threat. In view of such violations more than 50 shops including a shopping mall and department stores were sealed by concerned Executive Magistrates and SHOs on the occasion. On the occasion a large number of vehicles were also checked for violations. Random inspections of vehicles held on the occasion revealed that the maximum number of vehicles were moving without passes or emergencies. For violation of norms action as warranted under the Disaster Management Act 2005 has been initiated against more than 80 vehicles.
The RTO Kashmir has been asked to take the necessary action in the matter. The DM has imposed a fine of Rs 10000 each in case of violations by stores in shopping malls and department stores and a fine of Rs 1000 each is being imposed against vehicles found plying in violation of norms. Meanwhile, teams in Tehsils across the district swung into action taking action against commercial establishments found involved in overpricing. Some 15 establishments found overcharging the customers were fined during the inspection.
The district administration has asked all commercial establishments as well as the general public to ensure strict adherence to notified norms of lockdown and avoid all forms of gatherings and crowds. Bakers have been asked to home-deliver items to customers in their areas of jurisdiction as per terms of agreement and the general public has been urged to avoid gathering in bakeries.
Speaking in reference to it, the DM expressed concerns about violations of social distancing guidelines and closure orders. He appealed to the general public to observe the lockdown in letter and spirit warning of strict punishments for violations under the law. (UNI)