Bhubaneswar: In the wake of Coronavirus outbreak across the globe, the Odisha state machinery has gone on an overdrive to restrict the spread of the virus by implementing various measures in Transport department to Skill Development and Higher Education department.
Amidst a public outcry for relaxation of New MV Act in view of the viral outbreak, the State Transport Department suspended all driving license and learner’s licence tests in Odisha till 31 March 2020. As per a letter issued by State Transport Commissioner, it was instructed to all Regional Transport Offices (RTO) to suspend the driving licence and learner’s licence tests under their respective jurisdiction.
The letter read, “Huge rush is noticed in RTOs for obtaining DLs and LLs. As per the government directive, large gatherings need to be avoided to check the spread of this disease. Hence, it is ordered to suspend all DL/LL tests scheduled to be conducted between 18 March 2020 to 31 March 2020,” stated the letter.
Earlier, all the private bus operators and government-run buses were asked to follow proper disinfection procedures. Moreover, the state transport department had asked operators to strictly avoid overloading.
Meanwhile, Odisha DGP Abhay advised all SPs /DCPs in the state to suspend use of Breath Analysers used to check drunken driving till further orders. As one had to put the breath analyser in his/her mouth to measure the alcohol level in the breath, it ran the danger of contracting Coronavirus through saliva.
The Odisha Skill Development and Technical Education Department has also taken measures to avoid gathering of teachers and students in order to contain the spread of Coronavirus. In an advisory issued to the Vice-Chancellor of BPUT and Directors and Principals of other government technical colleges, it was stated that all the examinations excluding the final semester examination has been postponed until further orders. All the invigilators have been advised to take precautionary measures like sanitization of desks and benches, maintaining safe distance between examinees and invigilators while conducting the final semester examination.
Similarly, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation ordered to close down all the cyber cafes and gaming parlours under its jurisdiction until further orders. In a letter issued to all Zonal Deputy Commissioners of the Corporation, the BMC had directed to ensure closing of such facilities at once.