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Now, Vadodara traders demand lockdown
Vadodara: A day after the Gujarat High Court recommended that the state go into lockdown, at least temporarily, the Samagra Vadodara Vepar Vikas Association too has demanded a week-long lockdown in the city to control the spread of COVID-19.
Notably, the Rajkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry had also called for the state to impose lockdown to curb COVID-19, as reported in First India’s Monday edition.
Samagra Vadodara Vepar Vikas Association convener Paresh Parikh told First India that a lockdown is a need of the hour to break the chain of infection in the city, which has been seeing triple-digit numbers for the past few days.
So, 79 various trade associations have made an oral submission to the district administration as well as the state government to impose lockdown of a week, to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“We are well aware that the economic situation is not good for the state as well as individual traders.
But, at this time, instead of thinking about the economy or our finances, we need to pay attention to the larger picture to save human lives,” Parik added.
While he ruled out voluntary lockdown, stating that it is very difficult for any association of this size to come to a consensus on the issue, he stated that all members of the association would abide by a government decision to go into lockdown.
Meanwhile, even as the government decides on the next course of action, many associations across the state have started shutting down voluntarily.
For instance, the Association of Chanasma Town in Patan district instituted a 13-day lockdown from April 5, with only essential services being made available from 8 am to 1 pm. Any trader found violating this shutdown is being fined Rs1,000. Medical shops, however, remain open.
Similarly, Surendranagar is also under lockdown for a week, with essential services, groceries and milk available only in the morning.
The Rajkot Used-Car Association and the Gomata village of Gondal taluka have also voluntarily shut down to control the COVID-19 spike.
Deesa town has also reportedly imposed weekend curfew from 6 pm on Saturday to 6 am on Monday.
Anand district’s Demol, Rupiyapura, Piplav, Sarsa, Virsad, and Malata, Dahod’s Fatepura village are among the villages that have decided to impose voluntary lockdown for a week over the past three weeks.
Further, late Wednesday evening, the Nadiad Nagarpalika president Ranjanben Vaghela appealed to the people to shut shops and other establishments from 4 pm to 6 am from April 08 to April 18.