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Delhi govt to send lockdown proposal to Centre based on 5 lakh suggestions of Delhiites

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 May 2020, 15:23 IST

The Delhi government will be sending a proposal to the central government on the lockdown plan of action in the national capital founded on more than 5 lakh suggestions sent forth by the people of Delhi. From starting the Metro to keeping educational institutes closed, there are many suggestions that have been made.

During a press conference on Thursday, CM Arvind Kejriwal stated, “A meeting between Lieutenant Governor and State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) will be held at 4 pm today. The suggestions given by you all will be discussed at the meeting. To what extent should relaxations can be given in Delhi, these suggestions will be sent to central government.”

The Chief Minister stated that as the Delhi government solicited people’s opinion on the lockdown, it has got more than 5 lakh suggestions thus far, which are being looked at for the proposal that will be forwarded to the Centre.

The Delhi Chief Minister also stated that among the suggestions, people have called for partial reopening of Delhi Metro and bus services.

“We had sought suggestion from people, we have received more than 5 lakh suggestions. Based on these suggestions, we will send a proposal to the Centre. Most have suggested that schools and educational institutes should stay closed till summer vacations,” Kejriwal said.

People have also propounded that while hotels should continue to be shut during the lockdown, the government must open restaurants that can begin takeaways and home delivery.

“Most people also said that hotels should stay closed however restaurants should be opened for take-away and home delivery. There is almost a consensus that barber shops, spas, saloons, cinema halls and swimming pools should not open yet,” said Arvind Kejriwal.

“We have received a lot of suggestions from many market associations and most of them have said market and market complexes should be opened. They said they can be opened on odd-even basis, half shops one day and half shops another,” Kejriwal said.

Many have also advocated to put an end to the 7 pm to 7 am curfew on all non-essential affairs

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First published: 14 May 2020, 15:23 IST