Haryana Urban Local Bodies issues directions for imposing penalties and fines for violation of social distancing norms


By SK.Vyas:

Chandigarh, May 6,2020: The Haryana Urban Local Bodies Department has issued directions for imposing penalties and fines for violation of social distancing norms in the market areas within the Municipal limits.

            Giving information regarding the same an official spokesperson said that the lockdown period for COVID-19 pandemic has been extended for two more weeks upto May 17, 2020. The areas have been now divided into three Zones namely Green, Orange, and Red as per the criteria set out by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. He further informed that trading activities have been allowed in these Zones to the limited extent mentioned under the guidelines issued for management of Markets and Street Vendors activities during this extended period of lockdown for ensuring social distancing by shopkeepers as well as customers and visitors except in markets falling under Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP), big malls as well as shopping complexes during the extended period of lockdown upto May 17, 2020.

            The spokesperson informed that Deputy Commissioners will constitute a Committee at the District level consisting of members from the Labour, Revenue and Disaster Management and other Departments for the purpose of monitoring the implementation of guidelines for maintaining social distancing during opening of market areas in the extended period of lockdown upto to May 17, 2020.

            He said that all Municipal Corporations, Municipal Councils and Municipal Committees have been directed to ensure the compliance of these guidelines and directions and strictly issue challans as per provisions of Section 381 of the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994 and Section 233 of the Haryana Municipal Act, 1973.

            He said that action can also be initiated under the provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005 as well as under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code, 1860 against the violators as per the severity of violation on case-to-case basis.

            He also said that Municipalities have been directed to ensure to carry out wide publicity regarding the same through ‘Munadi’ by use of its own door-to-door garbage collection vehicles having Public Address System (PAS) facility or by hiring vehicles, issuing press releases and through social media.

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