Palghar: No petrol, diesel to private vehicles in the district from today

Palghar: No petrol, diesel to private vehicles in the district from today

As the figure of coronavirus positive cases climb quickly in the district, with the densely populated pockets in Vasai-Virar municipal corporation emerging as the most affected zone, the Palghar district administration has barred refuelling all types of private vehicles at petrol pumps from 11 am on Thursday.

District collector Kailash Shinde told Mirror Online that the directive will remain in force till the present lockdown period gets over on April 14. “Only after that we will take a call to review the directive,” he said. The district has already reported 4 corona deaths while 31 positive cases are undergoing treatment at various hospitals. Of the 31 positive cases, 26 are only from Vasai-Virar areas. Shinde said more than 500 people are presently kept in quarantine facilities.

He said the decision to completely discontinue refuelling private vehicles was taken to stop crowding of roads despite strict lockdown norms. “Unless delivery of fuel is stopped, people will not listen to the repeated instructions by police and civic authorities. People are crowding roads with vehicles using some pretext or the other,” he said.

Though private vehicles have been barred from refuelling, the order has some relaxation for vehicles belonging to transport companies– the NH 48 passes through the district– carrying both essential and non-essential goods. As the district is home to several industrial and manufacturing hubs, the district administration has also given a leeway to staff and vehicles belonging to units manufacturing essential goods (like personal hygiene, masks, hand sanitizers, or pharmaceutical companies and the like) from this prohibitory order.

Meanwhile, vegetable markets in the Vasai-Virar area continued to remain shut for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday. Shinde said – a decision could be taken to open the market once a week. “The opening timings will be fixed while strictly adhering to social distancing norms,” he said.

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