Maha to allow industries in green and orange zones to resume: CM

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said industries based in green and orange coronavirus zones of the state will be allowed to resume operations from April 20, but in a restricted manner. In a video message, he also said that industries which are ready to provide accommodation to their workers during the lockdown will be given food grain supply and permission for raw material from the state.

“We have to turn this arthachakra (stuck wheel of the chariot of economy) from April 20,” Thackeray said. “The state government is allowing the industries from green and orange zones to start production and processing activities in a restricted manner.

The industries will have to arrange the accommodation for their workers. They would not travel long distance for work, he said. Green zones are the areas which have not reported any coronavirus case, while orange zones are the ones where only a few such cases have been reported.

Thackeray said borders of all districts would remain sealed and only essential services movement will be allowed. “There are no restrictions on movement of agriculture produce and farm equipment. All the essential items will remain exempted from the lockdown restrictions, he said. The chief minister also said his government will take care of all migrant labourers in the state. 

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