Odd-even rule for shops might be lifted

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTCHANDIGA­RH - Vivek Gupta vivek.gupta@htlive.com

CHANDIGARH : The odd-even re­stric­tions in shops in all neigh­bour­hood mar­kets are likely to be lifted from May 17 with the be­gin­ning of the fourth phase of the coun­try­wide lock­down. Change in shop tim­ings was also pos­si­ble, it was learnt.

Say­ing it was the “ad­min­is­tra­tion’s call” to al­low shops with odd and even num­bers to open on al­ter­nate days, sources said the Cen­tre had al­lowed open­ing of all shops in the in­ner sec­tors for 12 hours straight in its phase 3 lock­down guide­lines.

“In the up­com­ing lock­down phase the union ter­ri­tory is con­tem­plat­ing open­ing of all shops in in­ter­nal mar­kets as the Cen­tre too is fo­cus­ing on the wel­fare of small traders,” said sources fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter.

UT au­thor­i­ties, how­ever, re­mained non-com­mit­tal about other re­lax­ations, even as traders in the city de­manded open­ing of Sec­tor 17 and other prom­i­nent shop­ping zones such as Sec­tor 22; in­clud­ing malls.

Al­low­ing cab ser­vices and pub­lic trans­port was also on the res­i­dents’ wish list, es­pe­cially when such re­stric­tions were be­ing re­laxed in neigh­bour­ing states, and pri­vate and govern­ment of­fices were be­ing opened grad­u­ally in the city.

WAIT FOR CEN­TRAL GUIDE­LINES: PARIDA

When con­tacted, UT ad­viser Manoj Parida said he was un­able to com­ment on the na­ture of re­lax­ations in the next lock­down phase till the Cen­tral guide­lines were an­nounced.

Chandigarh is a cen­trally ad­min­is­tered ter­ri­tory un­like states, which can take their own de­ci­sions. “So we will have to wait for the re­lax­ations the Cen­tre pro­vides and ac­cord­ingly it will be re­viewed at the level of the UT ad­min­is­tra­tor for a fi­nal de­ci­sion,” said Parida.

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