Madurai, May 18 : Life was limping back to normalcy in Southern and Central districts of Tamil Nadu on Monday, a day after the state government had announced some relaxations in 25 districts, despite extending the COVID-19 lockdown till May 31. Near-normal level of traffic was witnessed on the arterial roads in Southern districts of Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram and Kanyakumari districts, and also in the Central districts of Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Pudukottai, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Thanjavur, barring Ariyalur and Perambalur districts.
Movement of hired taxis and vans were seen, since this morning as the government permitted their service for essential transportation. Permission was also granted to operate buses for government offices and private industries after getting special permissio with 20 passengers. The 25 districts for which relaxations were announced were allowed to operate transportation within the respective districts without TN e-pass.
However, the residents of these districts were advised to get the TN e-pass for entering into other districts. Almost all the shops and business establishments remained open for routine transactions. All the government offices started functioning on a rotational basis with 50 percent staff from today. Earlier, the working strength of all the State government offices was kept at a maximum of 33 percent owing to the lockdown. (UNI)