COVID-19: 'Janata Curfew' brings Puducherry to a standstill

South India

PUDUCHERRY: People in Puducherry remained indoors and roads wore a deserted look on Sunday in view of the 'Janata curfew' call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make the fight against coronavirus a success.


All shops and establishments, hotels, places of tourist interest in Puducherry remained closed as the union territory responded to the call for a 'Janata Curfew' by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure social distancing to control the spread of coronavirus.

The territorial government had already declared closure of all retail outlets selling liquor, arrack and toddy in Puducherry and outlying regions of Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam which are traditionally wet pockets.

As per the report, the local bus terminals, railway stations and municipal markets wore a deserted look. Vegetable markets and other outlets suspended their business.

The entire stretch of beach road, which is normally teeming with people, tourists and others was out of bounds for the people as the government had closed the road till end of this month.

All temples, Aurobindo Ashram, Bharathi park and tourist centric boat houses were closed and there was restriction on visitors in several other places of worship.

Lt Governor Kiran Bedi and Chief Minister V Narayanasamy had already made separate appeals to the people to respond to the Prime Minister`s call for 'Janata Curfew.'

They also urged the people to clap hands at 5 p m Sunday as a mark of appreciation of the work done by the health staff, police and other volunteers.

The Prime Minister had on Thursday urged citizens to remain at their homes as a measure to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The 'Janata curfew', at the behest of Prime Minister Modi, is being observed around the country from 7 am till 9 pm today.

As per the media reports, roads were empty , public transport and markets closed in India as millions put themselves under a 14-hour long voluntary curfew to limit the fast-spreading coronavirus epidemic in the country

 “Let us all be a part of this curfew, which will add tremendous strength to the fight against the COVID-19 menace. The steps we take now will help in the times to come” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted minutes before the 'Janta Curfew' commenced. 

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 130 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 


With inputs from Agency

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