Bhubaneswar, Mar 22: A complete shutdown situation reported in Odisha in response to Prime minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call for “Janata Curfew” to combat the dreaded Covid-19 in the country.
Coinciding with the Prime Minister’s call, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ordered for a complete lock down in five districts and eight towns including the state capital which began today at 0700 hours and will remain in force till March 29 next.
The five districts declared complete lock down are Khordha, Cuttack, Ganjam, Kendrapara and Angul, and the eight cities are Sambalpur, Rourkela, Puri, Jharsuguda, Balasore, Jajpur Road, Jajpur and Bhadrak. The state capital Bhubaneswar has also been declared complete lock down as it comes under Khordha district.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while extending his full support to the Janata Curfew call of Prime minister Narendra Modi, had also appealed to the people to support the nationwide call of the curfew.
Report reaching here said there was a spontaneous response to the Janta curfew and people preferred to remain indoors to fight the coronavirus unitedly.
All the cities, towns,urban areas and villages wore a deserted look witnessing a complete lock down.
Business establishments, even shops dealing with essential services were closed across the state, vehicles were off the road .Train services were greatly affected as the East Coast Railways (ECoR) cancelled altogether 141 trains which included 48 Express trains and 93 Ordinary passenger trains.
The All Odisha Bus Operators Association which have a control over about 14000 bus has also decided to not to ply the buses today in response to the Janata curfew call by the Prime minister.
Taxis and auto rickshaws were also seen off the road today across the state. The state government had already prohibited the entry of the general public in all the religious institutions in the country till April 1 next.
In the state capital the police forces deployed in various parts of the city were seen intercepting the vehicles and the people who were on the street and issued passes to them considering their urgency to move out of their houses.
The Commissionerate Police also deployed police personnel at important areas of the state capital to ensure that only the people associated with the essential services step out of their homes.
The Commissionerate Police also issued passes to people and commuters to ensure that they did not face any problem in reaching the airport either to board the flight or to bring their relatives from the airport.
The state government has also ordered that no Private vehicles will be allowed to ply during the lockdown period from March 22 to March 29. (UNI)