Mangaluru, April 3, 2020: The Dakshina Kannada district administration has banned the movement of all private vehicles, excluding permitted categories, across the district, till midnight on April 14, to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner Sindhu B Rupesh issued the order on Thursday, and said that people can however buy essential commodities between 7 am and 12 pm, from shops nearest to their residences, but private vehicles cannot be used.
The fresh order on Thursday is an addition to the order passed on March 31, extending the prohibitory orders imposed under Section 144. In rural areas however, Rupesh said two-wheelers, three-wheeler goods vehicles and four-wheeler light commercial vehicles can be operational during the relaxation hours, to buy essential commodities.
City police commissioner P S Harsha said in a video message, that the move was to discourage movement of people when the lockdown is relaxed. Vehicles with emergency passes issued by the district administration, of the medical fraternity and journalists are only allowed to ply during the period. Sources from the police department added that some motorists were seen taking joy rides around the city limits, when the lockdown was relaxed.
Mangaluru city police have seized 154 vehicles for violating the lockdown so far.
Superintendent of police B M Laxmi Prasad said two-wheelers were allowed to ply in rural areas, as people have to travel from villages to shops to buy essentials. Sindhu B Rupesh has cautioned that vehicles plying in violation of the magisterial order would be seized by the police and transport departments.
Inputs from Times of India