Coronavirus Delhi: The popular Janpath market near Delhi's Connaught Place has been shut “until further orders” for violation of Covid-19 norms.
“The Janpath Market is hereby closed till further orders for violation of Delhi Disaster Management Authority order and for not following Covid appropriate behavioural norms,” an order issued by SDM (Chanakyapuri) Parmod Kumar stated.
The Director (Enforcement) of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and SHO of Connaught Place have been directed to enforce the order with “immediate effect and submit a compliance report”.
As per the orders issued by DDMA, if COVID-19 norms are violated, the DDMA is empowered to shut markets and malls in an order to prevent an upsurge of the next coronavirus wave in Delhi.
The enforcement authorities, including police, civic bodies, district magistrates, market trade associations, restaurant and bar associations, and owners of shops in markets and malls are expected to ensure that people follow Covid-19 norms such as wearing masks, and maintaining social distancing.
Earlier on July 9, the SDM (Karol Bagh) had ordered the shut down of Gaffar and Naiwala markets for 2 days. Likewise, markets in east Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar and Lajpat Nagar Central Market, were ordered to shut down by the DDMA over violation of COVID-19 norms.
As of now, the markets and malls in the capital have been allowed to operate between 10 am and 8 pm.