GUWAHATI, March 21 - After the appeal made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to observe the �Janata Curfew� from 7 am to 9 pm on Sunday, the city dwellers are preparing to quarantine themselves for the day to combat the outbreak of COVID-19.
Today many people were seen collecting their essential items including grocery and medicines as the city is going to wear a deserted look on Sunday.
�I am ready to observe the �Janata Curfew�. It is my duty for the sake of civilization. To quarantine myself and my entire family for the day, I already bought all the essential items and medicines. I think everyone should respond to the appeal made by the Prime Minister. Because social distancing is the only option to stop the deadly disease,� Babul Chakravarty, a senior citizen and a retired state government official, told The Assam Tribune.
Amid the worldwide outbreak of the disease, the government machinery has intensified awareness drive through different means.
Explaining his experience during awareness drives, Gopal Bhattacharya, a village defense party official in Guwahati, said, �We have been trying to inform people about what to do and not to do to prevent the spread of corona disease in the district. Interestingly, public responses are whelming.�
Bhattacharya stated that many people in his area have collected their essential items from the market to observe the �Janata Curfew� on Sunday.
�In the eastern part of Guwahati, everyone is preparing to observe the appeal of Prime Minister. Everyone is calm and trying to follow all kinds of directions made by the government regarding the disease,� he added.
Meanwhile, the current situation has impacted the markets in the city at large. According to the Fancy Bazar based businessmen, ahead of the �Janata Curfew�, sale of vegetables and other food items have risen in the market. On the other hand, the sale of garments, cosmetics, etc. have been decreasing continuously.
Officials at the Machkhowa bus stand informed that a very few buses today came to the bus stand.
Today, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) appealed to all office bearers of the GMC market committees and lessees to keep the entire daily, weekly, bi-weekly and private markets of the city closed during the �Janata Curfew�.
To expedite the preventive measures in the State, Assam Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi on Saturday authorised 16 non-ACS officers to act as executive magistrates.
As a preventive measure, the state government machinery has screened around 20,640 persons at the LGBI airport and 83,150 persons at other places including bus and railway stations in Guwahati. At present, 111 persons are under home observation in the city.