Chennai, 3 other districts gear up for intensified lockdown - Chennai News

Chennai, June 18 (IANS) People in Chennai and three neighbouring districts on Thursday geared up for 12-day intensified lockdown, beginning from Friday, to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

by IANS | Updated Jun 18, 2020

Chennai, 3 other districts gear up for intensified lockdown - Chennai News

Chief Minister K.Palaniswami on June 15 announced lockdown in Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chengalpattu districts between June 19-30 subject to some relaxations to essential/emergency services.

With the lockdown to kick start from Friday, the state capital witnessed some crowding at vegetable and grocery shops as part of panic buying even though the state government had announced that the shops will be kept open during the next 12 days.

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A good number of people living in the city suburbs decided to pack their bags and go to their native towns to escape the lockdown mainly due to economic reasons.

Heavy traffic was seen on the roads leading out of Chennai and the toll gates clogged with vehicles. Owing to the crowding, levy of toll was suspended so that the vehicles can pass through a bit faster.

Small families - husband, wife and a child - were seen on two wheelers with important belongings packed in bags on way to their native towns.

While some are leaving owing to economic reasons like lack of work during the next 12 days, some others are going back to their native as a measure to escape from coronavirus infection.

Meanwhile, the government has ordered closure of meat stalls for the next 12 days to prevent the virus from spreading.

On the other hand, Palaniswami announced that the Amma Canteens will continue to function and food will be provided free of cost to the people.

The government has allowed ration shops to function from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., but those in containment zones will remain closed and doorstep delivery of items will be made.

Vegetable, grocery, petrol outlets will function between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m., while mobile vegetable, fruits shops will be allowed between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Hotels and restaurants are allowed only parcel sales between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Online players are allowed to accept orders and make doorstep deliveries.

Briefing reporters, Chennai Police Commissioner A.K.Viswanathan said the main roads like Anna Salai and others will be closed for traffic for the next 12 days.

He also urged the citizens to do their shopping for essential items within two kilometre radius from their homes and without using their vehicles.

Viswanathan also warned of severe police action on those who violate the lockdown orders and drones will be used to monitor and control the violators.

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