Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Mar 22: As per the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to countrymen to observe 'Janata Curfew' between 7am to 9pm on Sunday for avoiding the possible spread of Novel Coronavirus, a bandh is being observed across the eight districts of Marathwada region since this morning.
In Aurangabad streets bore a deserted look and very few transport vehicles could be seen plying on them.
As far as public transport is concerned travel buses, railway, city bus services, MSRTC services had been suspended on today.
As per the district administration and police people of the district have responded enthusiastically to the Prime MInister's call for a 'janata curfew' here in Aurangabad as a total bandh is being witnessed with all the business establishments, industrial units, malls, traders remaining closed across the district.
All community halls including those for functions and marriages have also been closed down as per directions of the civic authorities in the city since yesterday.
District collector Uday Chaudhari last night urged people of the district not to come out from their homes so as to avoid the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus. He also issued orders to close down all pan shops, tobacco shops, hotels except those institutions which are providing emergency services i.e. medical shops, hospitals among others. He also ordered people not to assemble on the roads during the bandh.
City police commissioner Chiranjeev Prasad said that people should remain indoors during the bandh and pay attention to their health. Prasad urged people to cooperate with the police department and said that those who were found to be violating police orders should be punished.
Meanwhile, Muslim Maulvi from Janma Islamiya Kasi Gul Ulum, Jama Masjid appealed to his community to refrain from coming out of their homes and participate in the 'Janata curfew' and cooperate with district and police department to avoid spread of coronavirus. Reports from the rest of the district also stated that bandh had started early in the morning. (UNI)