TN green signal to industries in green zone

South India

The Tamil Nadu government has decided to allow reopening of industries in its green zones in the state. Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said that the government will issue orders in this regard shortly.

A decision in this regard was taken at a video conference with district collectors from the Secretariat on Wednesday, April 29, according to a report in Times of India. The exit from the lockdown will be in accordance with categorization based on severity of Covid-19.

“The government will issue orders to start the industries gradually in green zones. The collectors can take note of that order and allow all industries in the green zones,” he was quoted by TOI as saying.

The Centre has already allowed industries like sugar mills, steel plants and medical equipment manufacturing units to function. Collectors could sanction such units to operate in non-containment zones.

Palaniswamy claimed that the Covid-19 spread was under control in all districts, except in the densely-populated Chennai. Transmission of virus is very easy in Chennai metro, which is densely populated with narrow streets. There is a footfall of migrant population as well. “This is the reason for a spike in cases in Chennai,” the CM said.

Palaniswami said coronavirus preventive work had been challenging and even developed countries could not contain the spread.

“Due to the efforts of the administrative machinery on a war-footing, the spread has been contained, and essential goods reach the public without any hassle,” he said.

Police should intensify the surveillance in the containment areas and prevent others hitting the streets unnecessarily.

“The inter-state borders should be seriously monitored. If the infected individual is allowed in the state, the disease could easily spread,” the CM said, instructing the police to screen people on the borders with the help of a medical team.

Palaniswami directed the administrators on distribution of e-passes, medical equipment, social distancing norms in PDS outlets and vegetable shops, disinfectants in local bodies, besides drinking water supply.

121 new coronavirus cases were reported as of 8:00 AM on Apr 29 in the state, according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This brings the total reported cases of coronavirus in Tamil Nadu to 2,058. Among the total people infected as on date, 1,168 have recovered and 25 have passed away.

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