Ludhiana, March 25, 2020: Even as one person tested positive in Ludhiana district out of the total 45 suspected, the district administration has started door to door deliver of essential commodities during the curfew imposed to check spread of COVID-19.
The test report of one patient is pending till date.
For the home delivery of commodities, the suppliers would strictly have to take necessary permission for the district administration in advance. They are being given temporary permissions, besides helpline numbers 0161-2401347, 9464696757 have also been issued.
Deputy Commissioner Mr Pradeep Kumar Agrawal informed that to ensure that the door-to-door delivery of essential commodities starts in the district, a list of 674 kiryana shops, medicine shops, LPG, green fodder for animals etc have been uploaded on websites, www.ludhiana.nic.in and http://main.mcludhiana.gov.in.
The administration is taking help of best price shops, Swiggy, Zomoto and other online companies and they will also be supplying grocery items door to door. But when they reach in any locality, people should not crowd the vendor vehicle and should wait for it to come to their home. They should maintain the distancing norm of 5 feet while making purchase from them. All of them must wear mask and only one person should come out of the home to purchase from the cart. Try to make payment online as far as possible.
The list of medicine shops have also been uploaded on the above mentioned websites. The work of issuing curfew passes to medicine shop owners have been given to Zonal Licensing Authority (98720-08040).
He further informed that orders for keeping petrol pumps open in the district have also been issued, but only three persons would be able to work at a given time there. The supply of LPG cylinders and vegetables through street venders is also going on. The milk men are supplying milk to the residents without any problem during both morning and evening time. The authorities of Verka Milk Plant have already been directed to ensure uninterrupted supply of milk.
He stated that for issuing various permissions, the Municipal Corporation have formed 95 ward wise teams, that are issuing permissions to the residents. Similarly, the SDMs are giving these permissions in sub divisions.
For taking permission in this regard, the suppliers would have to submit their details such as name, firm name, address, email ID, mobile number (having WhatsApp account), proof of reason, timing for which permission is required at district administration’s email ID “email@example.com" or on WhatsApp number 93572-00786. The delivery of commodities would be allowed only after getting proper permission.
Besides this, all vehicles of government departments, vehicles ferrying milk, vehicles ferrying food grain, vehicles ferrying vegetables, bread vehicles, vehicles of LPG supply, vehicles supplying diesel/petrol, vehicles carrying green fodder, have been allowed to operate during curfew. He also stated that these vehicles should not have more than three persons, should have a hand sanitiser in it, and every person should be wearing a mask.
Mr Agrawal further informed that officials of PSPCL, PSTCL, BSNL and other telecom services, sanitation workers of Municipal Corporation and Verka Milk plant Ludhiana having official identity cards (on the production of official identity card) are exempted from the orders passed related to curfew.
However milk, vegetables and other essential goods will be supplied to them at their home door to door by milkman, vendors and rehris etc. General public is not allowed to come out of their homes during curfew. If anybody requires any pass to move in the curfew he should apply in the DC or Commissioner of Police offices online.
However Doctors & other Hospital Staff of Govt and Private Hospitals, Electricity and water supply Department Employees, Municipal Corporation Staff, ATMs/Banks, Private Security Guards going to duty in uniform, Patients having Medical Emergency cases, Telecom Company Employees on duty during office hours, All types of Goods/Fodder/Supplies carrying vehicles including Interstate goods vehicles, petrol Pumps (06:00 AM to 08:00 PM), Hawkers of Recognised News papers (05:00 AM to 08:00 AM), LPG delivery vehicles for door to door supply (06:00 AM to 08:00 PM), Milk Plant vehicles and their Employees on duty can come out without passes during curfew but some ID card of the Individual is mandatory.
Following category of persons will require passes to move in the curfew but till the time passes are made they can move without passes. Milkmen with milk cans (06:00 AM to 09:00 AM & 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM), Rehris/carts/vans used for Door to door supply of Vegetables & Fruits (06:00 AM to 08:00 PM), Door to door Medicines delivery (06:00 AM to 08:00 PM), Door to door delivery of Breads/Grocery Goods (06:00 AM to 08:00 PM), Factories making essential food products, Media persons with ID cards, Wholesale Sabzi Mandi (3 AM to 2 PM) to enable rehri persons to buy from them and sale vegetables door to door to public, Wholesale Karyana Store (06:00 AM to 08:00 PM) to take online orders and supply door to door, Employees of Flour Mills and bread companies.
All others will require prior permission from DC Ludhiana or CP Ludhiana or Commissioner Municipal Corporation Ludhiana or SSPs of Ludhiana (Rural) and Khanna to operate in curfew. One can apply online at firstname.lastname@example.org and passes will be sent online after approval. During the door to door supply of items, the person should wear masks and use soap or hand sanitisers to clean the hands after every house, whereas the person coming out of the house to buy should also wear masks. The district administration has assured that there will be no shortage of essential supplies.