Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to restrict unwarranted travel and foster social distancing, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday decided to enforce the odd-even rule for public transport vehicles under its jurisdiction as part of the strategy to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

As per the decision, public transport vehicles like buses, taxis, auto-rickshaws having odd registration numbers shall ply on odd numbered dates and vehicles with even registration numbers shall be allowed to ply on even-numbered dates.

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For example on March 21 which is an odd-numbered date, all vehicles having odd numbered registrations like OD02-X 1235/3379 will be allowed to ply on city roads. The odd-even rule will not be applicable for private vehicles. Besides, all the government vehicles, hired vehicles including for emergency services will not be covered under the odd-even rule, as per the statement released by the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation.

The civic body has further clarified that there will be no restrictions on the vehicles hired by private hospitals including the vehicles used for transportation of doctors and other paramedical staff.

Such measures have been undertaken as per directions of the Odisha government for ensuring that several vehicles including taxis and autorickshaws under urban local bodies are regulated and allowed on alternate days.

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It is pertinent to mention here that the Health and Family Welfare Department has promulgated the Odisha COVID-19 Regulation, 2020 and Municipal Commissioners have been designated as the empowered officers to take measures for containment of the Coronavirus.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has written to PM Narendra Modi requesting the Central government to review the decision for Census 2021 initiative & updation of National Population Register throughout the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday deliberated on ways to check the spread of coronavirus with chief ministers of all the States in the country. CM Naveen Patnaik today urged PM Modi to provide at least 50 days’ wages for MGNREGS workers, additional PM Kisan installments & release funds to the States in advance.

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