BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Government and private organisations have announced stopping their services to follow a Janta Curfew on Sunday in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to the people of the country to stay at home for a day.
The Prime Minister had in his address to the nation asked people to stay off the roads and public places during the Janta Curfew, which will be in place for 14 hours from 7am to 9pm on Sunday. “Today, I am seeking one more support from every citizen. It is Janta Curfew – a curfew for the people and imposed by people themselves,” PM Modi had said.
I pledge that I’ll strictly follow Janta Curfew this Sunday frm 7am to 9pm so that we strengthen India’s fight against the Corona Virus.This will bring us together and we’ll stand strong as a nation in this critical time!@narendramodi#IndiaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/lIWmdRNBiU
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) March 19, 2020
Essential services like police, media, medical services, etc will not come under the purview of the curfew.
The Indian Railways has said it will not operate any passenger train from any railway station in the country from midnight on Saturday to 10pm on Sunday.
All suburban train services in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Secunderabad will be reduced to a bare minimum as well.
Budget airline GoAir has announced to voluntarily suspend all flights on Sunday when Janta curfew will be in force. Indigo, India’s largest flight carrier, has said it will operate only 60% of its domestic flights on Sunday. Air Vistara also announced it will be curtailing its domestic operations on Sunday when Janta Curfew’ would be in force.
Mobile app-based cab aggregator services such as Uber and Ola are encouraging drivers to stay off-road on Sunday. The app services will, however, be functional for anyone who needs to avail of cabs in an emergency situation.
Meanwhile, Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon has advised people to avoid travelling. When the actress had to travel last week, she took the train and in the video, she was seen cleaning the seat of the train.
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Disinfecting the cabin with wet wipes,sanitiser,before the wheels roll and we get comfy!Better to be safe than sorry. Travel only if very necessary and please take precautions and safety of oneself and the others around you is paramount .#throwback #lastweek,off to a days assignment . Skeletal crew and closed door shoot luckily to a town with no coronacases reported yet. Back home to self-isolate and quarantine at least until 31st March . #throwback