Sidewalks paved in Pune district, city can get extension today

Pune A day after the state government was notified, the Pune district administration on Tuesday lowered curbs in rural areas, although the city of Pune may have to wait for the respite until Wednesday.

Collector Rajendra Deshmukh said because the population that received a single dose in the neighborhood stands at 108% and for double dose is 85%, a condition proposed by state government, he relaxed curbs.

However, PMC officials said order could be issued on Wednesday. “We have received the guidelines from the state for relaxation in Covid Restriction, but changes can be made according to the situation of respective cities. We have made PMCs that will be released tomorrow,” said Rajendra Muthe, Deputy Commissioner for Guidelines, Department of General Administration, PMC.

“All relaxations that need to be lifted by the local authorities will first be discussed and announced during the Covid Review Meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Ajit Pawar,” said Pune Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao.

The relaxations, announced by state government late Monday, include the opening of all national parks and safaris according to regular timings with online tickets. Even ticketed tourist spots may open, but only to those who are fully vaccinated.

However, the order stated that local authorities may decide on timings for restaurants, theaters and natyagrihas. As per state order, there will be no limit for people attending funerals, while wedding guests may have up to 25% of the capacity of open ground as banquets, or 200 people, which is lower. Likewise, swimming pools, water parks and amusement parks can operate with 50% capacity. Even spas can operate with a capacity of 50%. Bhajans and all local and cultural programs will be allowed at 50% capacity of the hall.

Representatives of traders and commercial establishments in Pune welcomed the decision of the state government and hoped that Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) would follow suit.

“The state government has introduced the relaxation on Covid restrictions from 1 February, due to the mild nature of the virus and the recent decline in cases, and that is good news for us. The further relaxation of Covid restrictions such as the opening of schools , parks and other public places is a good step of the government, “said Fattechand Ranka, president of Federation of Trade Associations of Pune.

“We have no clarity about the restaurant’s timings because PMC’s guidelines have not been issued. But we hope they extend the 22.00 hour timing so that the hotel industry can flourish,” said Sharan Shetty, president of Hotelier Association .

“Relaxation given in the constraint is a progressive move by the government. Because there is less seriousness, lower hospitalization, and use of oxygen beds, constraints can be reduced. Given the situation, changes to the constraints may change every week. be brought, “said Siddharth Shirole, BJP MLA.


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