The Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Commissioner on Monday directed all fuel filling pumps to stop supply to vehicles not engaged in dispensing emergency and essential services in a bid to eliminate vehicular movement on roads and compel the public to obey lockdown orders issued in the Centre Government.
Issuing a directive under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, the Maharashtra Police Act, 1951, and the Disaster Management Act, 2005, MBMC Commissioner Chandrakant Dange said only those vehicles ferrying people involved in dispensing essential services or engaged in emergency medical services to contain the spread of the pandemic or carrying people in urgent need of medical help would be allowed to fill fuel at petrol pumps and completely stop filling fuels to two-wheelers till lockdown with few exceptions.
However, there are some exceptions to the order. “Two-wheelers belonging doctors, paramedic staff, sanitation workers, press, personnel, corporation staff, sanitation workers, vegetable vendors, pharmacy staff and grocery store etc all who are engaged in essential services can avail petrol at the pumps on producing the identity proof,” Dange said.
‘Freedom of action’
Under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, the State police and authorities have been given complete freedom of action to implement lockdown orders and carry out State blockade, district blockade and communication shutdown as they deem fit in order to check the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Reiterating that the supply of essential commodities like food grains, vegetables, milk and groceries would not be affected in any way, Mr Dange exhorted citizens of Mira-Bhayandar to stop congregating in large numbers at market yards and grocery stores.
Cracking the whip
Meanwhile, police authorities across the State were seen enforcing the lockdown, often brandishing sticks and using force to drive away two-wheeler and four-wheeler riders and sending them packing to their homes.
The administration on seeing heavy vehicular traffic, cracked down on errant drivers, forcing them to turn towards their homes and stay indoors to avoid catching and spreading the novel coronavirus.
The commissioner through a letter, strictly warning the fuel filling stations that, if anyone violates the order then strict action will be taken against them. He said, “The orders come with the immediate effect and if anybody found violating it then he will be booked under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, the Maharashtra Police Act, 1951, under section 51(B) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and under section 188 of Indian Penal Code of 1860.
“For emergency cases, people can approach any of the 6 police stations in the municipal limits, or the corporation office at Bhayandar, to issue special permission for filling petrol in two-wheelers,” said the commissioner.