Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: With 'social distancing' being the key against the nationwide fight against Coronavirus, several district administrations across Odisha are implementing special measures to ensure that people strictly adhere to social distancing norms.

Commissionerate Police today temporarily shifted the vegetable traders of Unit-1 Haat for a period of 45 days to AG Square and Rajmahal chhak. The move comes in the wake of the rush among public to buy vegetables and as per the ongoing strategy to maintain social distancing.

Official sources said that the decision has been taken keeping in view the non-availability of adequate space at Unit-1 Haat to maintain social distancing.

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"As Odisha government, Commissionerate Police and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials have taken a decision for relocation, we will abide by the order in view of the Coronavirus outbreak," said a trader.

A majority of the vegetable traders will be relocated to Unit-1 High School ground. A senior BMC official informed that the traders have been directed to maintain proper hygiene and follow the prescribed norms of social distancing.

A day after the social distancing norms were thrown to the wind at the vegetable market in Chhatrabazaar in Cuttack, the district administration and Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) initiated special measures to ensure proper distancing between buyers and sellers is maintained.

The officials are making sure a safe distance is maintained by drawing squares, circles and lines in front of the kiosks selling vegetables at Chhatrabazaar, which is the largest vegetable market in the State.

The move comes after chaotic scenes were witnessed with people crowding the vegetable market without any concern for social distancing.

Apart from Chhatrabazaar, similar markings to ensure that people come in a queue and maintain a safe distance have also been made in front of several grocery shops and other establishments selling essential commodities.

Senior CMC officials informed that adequate awareness is being created among people so that they maintain at least 1-meter distance from people around them whenever they step out of their homes to buy essential commodities. The civic body warned of serious action in case of any violations.

Apart from Cuttack, dedicated markings in front of shops have been made by Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation to maintain social distancing among buyers while they are buying essential items.

Besides, regular cleanliness drive including road sweeping, garbage lifting, door-to-door garbage collection is being carried out across the city to keep the surroundings clean in Bhubaneswar.

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In Berhampur also, the district administration and its local civic body initiated a number of measures to create awareness among people about Covid-19. Senior officials of Berhampur Municipal Corporation informed that learning from the best practices adopted by other States in the country, a system for social distancing at various shops providing essential commodities has been introduced.

From proper markings to hygiene, efforts are now underway to promote social distancing at several vending zones and shops in Berhampur.

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