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NEW DELHI: If the Centre permits, Delhi government is ready to grant more relaxations in the lockdown to give the economy breathing space and people livelihoods. The health infrastructure is being ramped up to deal with the possibility of a further spike in the number of Covid-positive cases.
In the third week of May, the lockdown was extended till May 31 while allowing states to give relaxations. Delhi government opened all markets on an odd-even basis and permitted plying of buses and private taxis, among other reliefs.
An official said the government wants to ease the current restrictions on movement for non-essential purposes between 7pm and 7am. Traders said this was choking business activities. “Because of the time limit, workers who come from faraway places start leaving by 5pm so that they can reach their homes before 7pm. This has drastically reduced the work period window,” said Brijesh Goyal of Chamber of Trade and Industry.
In a videoconference with the government on Thursday, over 100 traders demanded that the time to open shops be increased. They said that because of the rising heat, customers prefer to visit the markets either in the morning or evening. They requested that markets be allowed to remain open till 9pm as that would increase the footfall of customers.
A source said that Delhi government is in favour of allowing shop to open till late in the evening. The government also wants to open all malls with strict social distancing measures, like allowing only 33% shops to open in a day to reduce crowding.
Delhi government wants metro services, which are currently suspended, to resume with all necessary precautions like thermal checking, sanitisation and social distancing so that people can travel easily. However, even this depends on the Centre.