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In a bid to regulate the unnecessary movement of vehicles amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the West Siang district administration in Arunachal Pradesh has decided to implement the odd-even policy in the district post lockdown 4.0.

The decision to implement the same was taken during a meeting held under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner Moki Loyi in Aalo on Thursday.

As per the policy, odd-numbered and even-numbered vehicles will ply on the roads on alternate days.

Government vehicles will be exempted from the purview of the order for office work, however, they will not be allowed to ply in the market areas, officials said.

During the meeting, DC Loyi called upon the administration and police to strictly implement the order following its wide publicity and awareness.

“There is no room for complacency on lockdown relaxation now after two positive cases has been detected in the state. The virus is also multiplying in an alarming rate in our neighboring state (Assam),” he said.

Where Arunachal had two active Covid-19 positive cases at present, the count of active cases in Assam has risen to 737.

Loyi appealed the officials present to spread more awareness on this aspect and further insisted on imposition of night curfew from 7 pm to 5 am.

The DC further informed that a Covid Control Room will soon be set up in the district for disseminating information.

For the control to function, Loyi said, all willing volunteers will be invited with verification of character antecedents from SP, Aalo and they will be given appropriate roles as deemed fit by the administration.

The meeting further also decided to continue the ban on social functions and gatherings and on import of livestock from outside the state.

Strict monitoring of people under home quarantine by the concerned village chiefs were also discussed.

District Nodal Officer for Covid-19, Liyi Bagra gave a detailed overview of the initiatives and measures taken so far in the district to contain the virus.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: