BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: She first threw open some flower markets in Kolkata. Now Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has allowed tea plantation work in gardens of North Bengal to go on but with riders: All must follow the social distancing and other norms mandated by coronavirus experts.
On Thursday, the chief minister also appealed to corporate houses and businessmen to keep the supply chain of essential goods moving. Another significant relaxation: henceforth cabs will be allowed to ply but with just two passengers.
The chief minister also announced that all arrangements have been made to procure sufficient amount of PPE, masks, gloves and hand sanitizers from different organizations. She also let it be known that the infrastructure of Bengal Chemical can be used to make the much-sought-after hydroxycloroquine tablets.
Mamata also urged corporate houses to take charge of a market each in Bengal so that essential goods are easily available. “We must prepare for the continuation of the lockdown. Another two to three weeks are very important to us,” the chief minister told representatives of chambers of commerce and industries.