The Delhi government wants the lockdown restrictions to apply to only containment zones and not the entire districts that come under the red zone. This and other suggestions were part of the government’s submission to the Centre on the fourth phase of lockdown which is expected to begin from May 18.
It also wanted staggered opening of markets and malls and construction and industrial activities to resume. The resumption of public transport was also on the list of suggestions. Hindustan Times reported that the submission was finalised following a meeting between chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.
The newspaper said that the government was planning to suggest that alternate shops in markets be opened every day and at least one third of stores in malls be allowed to open shutters. A heavy fine for not wearing masks in public was also proposed. L-G Baijal is also believed to have directed the government to draft the standard operating procedures (SoP) for the reopening of markets and malls in a staggered fashion.
Earlier the Delhi government had said that it had received over 5 lakh responses from citizens on how to ease lockdown restrictions and what all services should be allowed to function.
The prime minister during his fifth meeting with chief ministers across the country had also sought suggestions on how to ease lockdown restrictions in the county.