After an order issued from Thane District Collector Rajesh Narvekar on Wednesday banning the movement of vehicles, except those engaged in essential services action by the police seen in six police stations in Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) limits of Thane Rural Police during the lockdown.
Police have seized the vehicles at the time when the movement was allowed earlier for buying groceries, vegetables and fruits.
With additional forces, police put a nakabandi at Hyderi Chowk and all the other important four squares of the twin city and clutched the vehicles on the roads. Most people had seen pleading the officers that they were unaware of the rules. However, the police asked them to collect the vehicle after lockdown gets over. Officer said, “We have confiscated the vehicles on Collector’s order and given pauti (receipt) to them. We asked them to collect their vehicle when police stations call them after the lockdown.”
“We don’t have space to put these vehicles. However, we are carrying it to open ground. Police stations are full with the two-wheelers and we find it difficult to go inside for attendance,” said the personnel, on the condition of the anonymity.
The vendors will be allowed to operate their vehicles between 7 am and 5 pm, the order stated.
Shops selling essential goods such as milk, vegetables, fruits and medicines can operate only if they follow the social distancing protocol.
As per the order, no vehicles, except those engaged in essential and emergency services, will be allowed to ply within the limits of Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation. Deliveries of the essential goods are allowed only between 9 am to 5 pm.
“Citizens should not get panic due to the increased number of coronavirus cases. Do not step out of your house, if no necessary and urgent work is there,” appealed Commissioner Chandrakant Dange.
The market started by Municipal Corporation in Kashi and Uttan has been closed down due to the crowds. “Even after telling a lot of time, the people in the areas not listening to the administration, so we decided to close down it, said Mr Dange.
“Other municipal markets will continue to operate from 9 am to 12 noon. Chemist shops will be open as usual. However, grocery shops will be open from 9 am to 5 pm. If any symptoms like cold, cough and fever persist, contact the municipality medical department immediately,” the commissioner said.
The violators will be booked under section 188 of IPC.
Former Additional Commissioner of MBMC who has been promoted and transferred on 5th April to Nanded-Waghala Municipal Corporation (NWMC) took charge as a commissioner of the NWMC, on Tuesday. However, the state administration has not appointed anyone on his place at MBMC. In this time of emergency, the important place is vacant.