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Garages, Hardware stores, Electronic repairs, Optician’s shops to remain open in ‘total’ lockdown

In his latest order, MBMC Commissioner Chandrakant Dange further gave some relief to shopkeepers. He orders to open garages, hardware stores, opticians, electronics and electrical repairs shops and tyre repairing shops in the ‘total’ Lockdown at Mira-Bhayandar jurisdiction. However, so much relaxation to run in ‘total’ or ‘complete’ lockdown is kind of a joke.

According to the press release on Saturday, motor garages, puncture shops, TV, washing machine and electrical appliances repairing shops, hardware stores, and optical shops have been allowed to remain open between 9 am and 3 pm from Saturday.  

Earlier, these shops had been shut during the lockdown period and the total shutdown imposed since April 20 in the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) area. In last order, Mr Dange has eased the norm for XEROX, stationery, and book shops by seeing the plight of migrant labours and students. IIT-JEE and NEET examination dates were also announced in that period. That will remain to continue.

Home delivery of vegetables, fruits, the meat will continue from 9 am to 11 pm. Bakery, all grocery shops, including supermarket will remain open from 9 am to 3 pm. However, fruit, vegetable, mutton, chicken and fish shops and markets will continue to remain shut. This is the fifth phase of complete lockdown in Mira-Bhayandar since April 20.  

Flour mills (Atta chakki) will remain open as usual. Milk will be available in dairies from 7 am to 11 am. Medical shops will continue to remain open from 9 am to 9 pm. Nevertheless, medical stores inside the hospitals will remain open 24 hours. In case of emergency, one can buy the medicines from there. Licensee medical having permission to remain open for 24 hours can be open for 24 hours.

What commissioner’s take

“We have eased the shutdown norms for the convenience of the citizens. Repairing of electrical appliances like AC or plumbing work is of vital importance during the summer season,” MBMC Commissioner Chandrakant Dange said on Saturday.