LAKHIMPUR: Along with the rest of the nation, the third phase process of lockdown initiated in order to combat the coronavirus pandemic has come into force in Lakhimpur district too from Monday.
Deputy Commissioner of Lakhimpur-cum-District Magistrate Dr. Jeevan B, who is also the chairman of the District Disaster Management Authority, has extended the lockdown in the district for a further period of two weeks until May 17 by issuing an order vide No. LMJ-8/2020/125 dated May 3 by exercising his power conferred upon him by the Disaster Management Act, 2005 under Section 30(2). In connection with the extended period of lockdown, the Deputy Commissioner also declared some prohibitions synchronizing with the directions issued by NEC chairperson under Section 10(2)(1) of the same Act and the directives of the chairperson of the Executive Committee of the State Disaster Management Authority. Notably, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, has declared Lakhimpur district as green zone vide order No. Z.28015/19/2020-EMR dated April 30 in connection with COVID-19 pandemic scenario.
According to the order, all domestic and international air travel of passengers, except for medical purposes and for security purposes as permitted by MHA, all passenger movements by train except for security purposes, inter-state buses for public transport and inter-state movement of individuals except for medical reasons are prohibited in the district during the period. Though all educational, training and coaching institutions will remain closed, permission is granted in case of online and distance learning activities. Opening of cinema halls, gymnasium, sport complexes, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and any kind of mass gatherings are also prohibited.
Further, the movement of individuals is strictly prohibited between 6.00 pm and 6.00 am throughout the district except for emergency services like medical service, police and emergency response for restoring telecom and electricity. However, any movement is permitted only with the prior permission of the district administration and police department.
According to the order, auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws and taxies can operate with one driver and passengers by maintaining social distancing. Movement of private four wheelers are allowed with driver and two others. For two wheelers, pillion riding is allowed with one female or child up to the age of 12 years only.
On the other hand, city buses intra district and inter district buses can operate with 50 per cent capacity. Only 50 per cent of total number of buses will be allowed to operate only under the authority of ASTC. Moreover, all the directives and advisories issued by the MHA will be enforced in the district during the period.
Through the same order, the Deputy Commissioner has authorized all Circle Officers, as Incident Commanders, Executive Officers of the Municipal Board and all police officers up to the rank of Sub-Inspector to implement all these prohibitory orders and to file written complaint before the Judicial Magistrate whenever incidents of violation of lockdown order is detected.