Bhubaneswar:18/3/20: In wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and to contain the possibility of spread of the virus due to large congregation in the market place Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has ordered that major daily markets shall function from 6 AM to 6 PM with effect from tomorrow till 31st March of this year.
The regulation will be effective in the following markets:
- Unit-I daily market/haat
- Unit-II market
- Saheed Nagar daily market
- Ruchika daily market
- Old town daily market
- Indradhanu daily market
- Damana Haat
The Municipal Commissioner issued the order today in his capacity as the empowered officer to take measures for containment of the COVID-19 under Section 583 to 599 of Odisha Municipal Corporation Act, 2003 to check the spread of infectious disease.
The measure has been taken in accordance with BMC’s order on March 15 on Standard Operating Practice (SOP) for daily market/haats for different type of measures to check crowding, ensure hygienic practice and social distancing.
The decision with regard to regulating the timing of the daily markets was taken after it was observed that during the evening time there are uncontrollable crowds at markets within BMC area, which is in contrast to the SOP given and also in contrast to the social distancing protocol issued by the State government.
The order issued by the BMC Commissioner further says that Zonal Deputy Commissioners may assess the position of other daily/weekly market / haats apart from the aforementioned list and submit proposal for similar order.
The SOP communicated for daily market / haats earlier is to be followed scrupulously, the order adds.