The Mira Bhayandar Municipal Commissioner after closing all the gathering places like schools, colleges, swimming pools, malls, library, theatre etc. has decided to cut short the visiting hours for common people coming in its main administrative building in Bhayandar, including journalists. This is the coronavirus effect, as believe on the commissioner.
‘Aam Janta’ and journalists will now be allowed to visit the main administrative building for their civic-related work only after 3 pm. Chandrakant Dange, newly appointed Commissioner of MBMC also hinted that if the need arises then the time restrictions could be extended to local ward offices and other civic establishments in Mira-Bhayandar. However, Patrakar Kaksh (Press Room) was locked done on his instruction at the building.
“Under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, we can take any decision which can cease the spread of disease. This is for the citizens as well as for our benefit. So, please visit after 3 PM to the headquarters,” appealed Dange.
“Please co-operate with us to serve you better and to reduce the coronavirus effect,” said Mr Dange.
However, MBMC became the first Municipal Corporation in Maharashtra to issue this type of diktat.
The Maharashtra government has shut all malls, gyms, cinema halls, and swimming pools in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Pimpri-Chinchwad from midnight on Friday in light of the increasing cases of coronavirus in the state. All schools, colleges and private tuitions were also ordered to be closed down from Monday till 31st of March.
Announcing in the State Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said the government was invoking the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897 from Friday midnight.
Attendance by old method
Meanwhile, a notification has been issued exempting state government employees to mark their presence through the Aadhaar-based biometric attendance system. However, all employees are required to mark their presence manually in the attendance register (as done before the launch of the biometric system), during this period.