Mangaluru, April 03, 2020: Roads in Mangaluru are wearing a deserted look on April 3, Thursday following the complete ban enforced by the District Administration on movement of all types of vehicles except emergency service vehicles in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19. The action of the police in seizing several vehicles violating lockdown rules, has also been a deterrent to many who would otherwise roam on the roads in their vehicles without any purpose.
Mangaluru City Traffic Police and Dakshina Kannada district police erected several pickets at vantage places on arterial roads to check those moving without a valid reason. Several two-wheelers were seized during the checking while a few car drivers were let off with a strict warning.
The adjacent Central Market was wearing a deserted look after the administration asked wholesale vegetable and fruit merchants to shift their operations to the APMC Yard at Baikampady, off NH 66. However not many merchants had commenced their operations at Baikampady. On the other hand, business was as usual at Bunder, the wholesale grocery market, with the administration permitting its continuation. However grocery shops as well as medical stores are open as usual from 7 am to 12 noon.