Altaf Hamid Rao.
MIRPUR (AJK), (Parliament Times) : Daily life was almost totally paralyzed on the first day of the phased month-long complete lockdown – initially for a week – here on Monday in order to overcome the continual wide-spread novel corona virus – the Covid-19 in this lake district of Mirpur Azad Jammu Kashmir.
Following continual widespread of the Covid~19 in this home district of over a million of the Kashmiri expatriates, local district authorities decided to impose the full lock down, in phases, for a month with effect from Monday ~ March 1st (06.00 in the morning) to secure results of fully overcoming the pandemic in the district.
All shops, business centers, educational institutions private and public sector departments (except those of essential services) remained closed and all sort of the inter-city and inter-district public transport remained suspended under the prevailing full lock down – to be continued till March 07 (12.00 am). There will be relaxation only for buying products of daily use including edibles for stipulated time on Tuesday and Friday during the week-long total lock-down period, according to the prohibitory orders issued by the District administration.
Major city roads and link streets were blocked with hurdles of sand bags and electricity polls to slow-down as well as to discourage the undue movement of the masses to secure the prime objectives of combating the novel corona virus which has claimed hundreds of precious human lives since its twice severe outbreak in the city and rest of the district since its outburst in various parts of the world including Pakistan and AJK over an year ago.
By fully acting upon the preventive measures devised by the authorities in form of SOPs to be staved from the pandemic, most of the people preferred to stay into their homes following the complete closure of the business institutions as well as private and public sector functionaries because of the lock-down.
Azad Kashmir Radio Mirpur Monday announced the suspension of all of its local transmissions during entire fully lock-downed period till March 7, Station Director Muhammad Shakeel told our Special AJK Correspondent Altaf Hamid Rao here on Monday adding that the radio will however continue its daily medium wave and FM-101 transmissions by directly relaying from Radio Pakistan Islamabad at the national-hookup.
According to an official notification issued by Mirpur district magistrate Bader Muneer here said that their will be complete ban on the movement and entry of all sorts of transport to and from Mirpur district besides the entry of the tourists into the district and all sorts of the tourists resorts and parks will be completely closed during entire lock down period.
The District Magistrate took the step in view of the apprehensions of the spread of the pandemic , as precautionary measures under Epidemic Disease Act XXXVI-1958.
All sorts of educational institutions as well as private and public sector institutions / business concerns of essential services including banks will remain closed initially for two~ weeks period of the lock down wed March 1st to 14 in the district.
Medical stores and petrol pumps will be exempted of whole of the above period of the lock down and will function round the clock under the already announced SOPs in AJK.
General stores, vegetable, fruit, bakery, sweet shops, dairy farms, gas, meat shops will remain open only on Tuesday and Friday from 6.00 in the morning to 7.00 at night during the lock-down period.
All marriage halls have also ordered to be closed for a month with effect from March 1st to March 31 under the prohibitory orders to combat the pandemic that was found constantly at rising form in this district.
The hotels have also been ordered to be shut down for the marriage parties and other gatherings during the above one month period wef March 1st
The District Magistrate has directed to ensure strict compliance of anti-corona virus SOPs during and even after the lock down period.
The people should strictly follow the governmental SOPs and legal action will be initiated against individuals and business entities in case of non-compliance of the prohibitory orders during the above schedule of the preventive measures to overcome the pandemic.