V P Singh Badnore, Governor of Punjab-cum-Administrator, UT, Chandigarh has decided to impose curfew in Chandigarh starting w.e.f. midnight of Monday i.e 00:00 Hrs 24th March, 2020 till further orders. With the imposition of curfew all the residents will be required to stay Indoors. The DGP, has been given strict directions to enforce the curfew without any relaxation whatsoever.
Manoj Parida, IAS, Adviser has stated the individuals engaged in Essential Services including Police, Medical etc will only be allowed curfew passes. Employees of Punjab, Haryana and Central Government will request for passes through their Chief Secretaries only. The Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh will decide about the curfew passes. Moreover, the relaxation in curfew hours will be given for purchase of essential items in due course. The detailed orders are being issued by the Deputy Commissioner, UT, Chandigarh.
He further stated that, the Chandigarh Administration has tied up with States of Punjab and Haryana for continuous supply of Essential commodities including Oxygen, LPG, petroleum products etc. It has also been decided to requisition Sood Dharamshala where 125 isolated rooms with toilets are available to function as isolated ward, if necessary.
A separate block of PGIMER (Nehru Block) has been designated as COVID Place for exclusively housing and treating Corona affected patients. The newspaper distributors and hawkers have also been advised to follow hygiene standards and use protective gears for distribution of newspapers.
The Administration has also taken up with Government of India for advance payment of ration money of two months under Public Distribution System in Chandigarh. The Chandigarh Administration has decided to pay Rs.3,000/- to each registered construction worker for lo9ss of their income due to Coronavirus.
Further, a Control Room Number – 112 has been setup for answering the Queries/ Calls made by General Public in Chandigarh. The Control Room will function 24 X 7. The Senior officers of the Administration will be available around the clock and will coordinate with the concerned department to resolve the Queries/ Grievances of the people of Chandigarh.
Today, till 5.00 pm total 100 calls queries were received in the control room. Most of queries were about opening of shops/offices, gathering of crowd, information about people who have returned from abroad.