Pune: PMC forms three officers squad to keep vigil on shopkeepers

Akshay Badwe
Thursday, 17 September 2020

Pune civic body now has decided to form three officers squad to keep vigil on shopkeepers

Pune: Despite a number of requests and orders, some people still are seen flouting the rules of social distancing, as well as people, are seen venturing without face masks. Now to curtail the further spread of COVID-19 in the city, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Commissioner Vikram Kumar on Wednesday issued an order in which a three-member squad will investigate the shops across Pune city.

The shops in the city are permitted to operate between 9 am to 7 pm. All the shopkeepers are already instructed to follow the rules such as the use of sanitisers and mandatory use of facemasks. The customers are also ordered to wear a face mask and follow all the norms of social distancing. But these days, it has been witnessed that many shopkeepers are not following or neglecting these rules, PMC order reads.

The civic body thus has decided to setup a team of three which will include Municipal Assistant Commissioner, Encroachment Inspector or Assistant Encroachment Inspector and Health inspector to keep a strict check. The team will keep a close eye on the shopkeepers. The team will submit the report daily to the Municipal Commissioner of whether all norms of social distancing and hygiene are followed by the shopkeepers or not.

Meanwhile, 2120 new patients were tested positive for the contagion in 24 hours while 43 succumbed to the virus. With this, the total caseload has gone up to 1,24,568 out of which 1,03,978 are recovered while 2,918 fatalities are being reported here. There are still 17,672 active patients receiving treatment in different hospitals. Of which 936 are critical while 480 are on ventilator support.

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