* Update at 1.07pm: Gurugram deputy commissioner issues guidelines on restrictions for industries and commercial establishments.
Guidelines on restrictions for Industries and commercial establishments. https://t.co/W06jiGOYIt
— DC Gurugram (@DC_Gurugram) 1589960257000
* Update at 12.01pm: Guidelines have been sought from the state government on travel to Noida from Delhi. Till then, status quo will be maintained at the Delhi-Noida border: ANI quotes Gautam Buddha Nagar administration
* Update at 11.43am: Traffic congestion seen at Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border in Kalindi Kunj area.
Traffic congestion seen at Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border in #KalinduKunj area amid #CoronavirusLockdown #COVID19… https://t.co/KSANI9gONH
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* Update at 10.45am | Drivers, conductors and bus marshals have been strictly instructed not to run buses with more than 20 passengers. If it comes to surface that they did not follow these directions strong action will be taken against all three, says Kailash Gahlot
* Update at 10.39am | Most Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses are engaged in ferrying migrants to railway stations, today we have received information that revenue department has requisitioned around 1,200 buses and 400-500 buses have been requisitioned by police: Kailash Gahlot, Delhi transport minister
* Update at 10.18am | An official of Rohini jail has tested positive for Covid-19. The personnel who live nearby him in staff quarters will also be asked to do self-quarantine at home for 14 days: ANI quotes Tihar jail official
* 500 test positive in a single day
Delhi’s Covid-19 count rose to 10,554 on Tuesday with 500 more people testing positive for the disease. This is the highest single-day increase in new cases, officials said.
Earlier, on May 14, the national capital had reported maximum 472 new cases in a single day. Delhi also reported six more deaths due to novel coronavirus, taking its toll to 166.
* 2 corpns limit property tax payments to online mode
Launching their new websites for property tax collection, two of the city’s municipal corporations, south and north, on Tuesday said they won’t be accepting any cash or cheques anymore. The tax will now have to be paid only through online modes, including debit and credit cards. The deadline for submitting tax, June 30, has not yet been extended.
East Delhi Municipal Corporation, meanwhile, has decided to continue with the old system saying they haven’t been able to generate UPIC IDs of their taxpayers. The civic body’s spokesperson, Arun Kumar, said, “We want to feed the data in the new system and add more features before launching the portal. For the time being, residents can pay tax online and via cheques, but no cash will be accepted.”
* Markets open, but owners find odds tough
Markets across the city on Tuesday started limping back to the new normal. Though shopkeepers and their employees were seen disinfecting and tidying up their outlets, which were closed for almost two months, customers shied away from venturing out.
When TOI visited Connaught Place, Khan Market, Janakpuri City Centre, Sarojini Nagar, South Extension, Laxmi Nagar and Karol Bagh, it found 25-35% shops open, but most of them wore a deserted look. Most shop owners expressed apprehension about consumer footfall picking up in the first two weeks.
In Connaught Place, shops of clothing, accessories and jewellery and food outlets had opened their shutters. Market associations said a different set of rules should be framed for spacious planned markets as many were finding it difficult to implement the odd-even rule.
* Debate over household workers rages on
The debate over whether domestic workers and service providers like plumbers, electricians and carpenters can rejoin work still rages on during lockdown 4.0.
Unlike the earlier phase of restrictions, Delhi government this time said that residents’ welfare associations (RWA) cannot pose as barriers between employers and helpers and will have to grant the latter entry to housing societies. This, however, has irked RWAs and they have expressed displeasure over the government subverting and challenging their role in last-mile governance.
The disgruntled RWAs have also written to the government regarding this issue. However, many residents have argued that RWAs are unnecessarily creating confusion by trying to impose unauthorised norms. Their act is inconveniencing people, especially senior citizens.
* Delhi CM seeks 100 trains daily to move migrants
More than 4 lakh migrant workers have applied to Delhi government for being moved to their hometowns as the city stares at one of the biggest reverse migrations ever recorded. Most of them belong to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
CM Arvind Kejriwal has, meanwhile, asked for 100 trains from the Centre daily for five days.
* Gurugram RWA insists on Covid report
Friction between residents and RWAs in scores of housing societies is growing by the day as condominiums continue to set their own rules to bar domestic staff. One society in Gurgaon has now asked residents to do the impossible — get their domestic staff tested for Covid-19 and produce the reports.
India’s testing protocols do not allow this. Testing for Covid-19 requires a doctor’s prescription and a person to show symptoms. The testing process is fully overseen by the health department in line with guidelines issued by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR).
But this has not stopped the RWA of Emerald Hills in Sector 65 from asking residents to get one done anyway. Manu Gupta, the RWA president of Emerald Hills, said, “We are thinking about the well-being of residents. Since domestic staff work in several houses, there are chances they might be Covid carriers. A test would do no harm.”
* IMT Manesar, the auto hub, gets nod for 100% staff
The Haryana government has issued new guidelines for industries, allowing industrial areas with access control, like IMTs and SEZs, factories in rural areas and e-commerce companies to work with 100% staff strength. They will, however, have to apply for passes for their staff on Saral Haryana portal, which will be valid till May 31. The guideline is significant as it will allow companies in IMT Manesar, one of India’s largest automobile hubs, to recall workers and scale up production, though demand and supply chain concerns remain.