Between 150 and 200 new COVID-19, positive cases are surfacing in Mira-Bhayandar every day. About 5 to 6 people are dying daily due to this disease. Despite this, intending to bring the economy back on track, the demand has raised to extend the business timing for shops in the twin city.
Traders are demanding to extend the shops timing in Mira-Bhayandar from 9 am to 10 pm, which is from 7 pm at present. In this context, BJP Corporator Ravi Vyas has submitted a letter to Mayor Jyotsna Hasnale on Monday. At the same time, Sandeep Rane, MNS President from Mira Bhayandar has warned the commissioner MBMC Dr Vijay Rathod to decide on shops extended timing within 10 days. He said, “If MBMC commissioner will not decide within 10 days then on 11th day I will self-immolate outside the MBMC headquarters.”
Rane has also demanded to extend the shops timing till 10 pm.
The lockdown has been in place for six months. However, Mira Bhayandar was in complete lockdown for four months. “This has broken the spine of many traders. The perishable products of many traders have expired. Shops are opened now, but there is no customers, no profit as expected. The time constraints imposed by the administration have created dissatisfaction in the business community,” said Rane.
However, owing to the rise in Covid-19 cases, the civic administration is not sure whether to offer relaxations or stick to the current time-table. Notably, the recent incident in which some civic personnel and private bouncers were found to be forcefully downing shutters and slapping fines on shopkeepers allegedly under the influence of alcohol has triggered anger amongst the local business community.
“Certainly, this is a concern for MBMC and this figure should come down somehow. On this, apart from the government, it is also the responsibility of the general public that they should follow social distancing, as well as compulsorily wear masks,” said the official.
Corona Virus Update
With 497 persons have been identified on Tuesday, a total number of persons identified have reached to 50,538. Total swab sent till date are 72,356 while cumulative positive have been identified are more than 18,200.
On Tuesday 132 have found positive whereas 359 reports are still awaited. However, 173 have recovered on Tuesday. Four patients died due to COVID-19. There are 1907 active coronavirus cases in Mira Bhayandar jurisdiction.
Out of 132 positive cases discovered on Tuesday, 82 are new patients while 50 are relatives of old positive patients. Mira Road has 80 whereas Bhayandar East has 31 while Bhayandar West has 21 positive COVID-19 cases found on Tuesday. The total death toll has reached to 561 in MBMC jurisdiction due to coronavirus infection.