Biswajit Pegu
Kamrup Deputy Commissioner Biswajit Pegu during a meeting with the representatives of various market and traders’ associations in the city. Image credit – Twitter

In any market area or lane only one-third of the total shops will be opened in Kamrup Metro district and one shop shall remain open for a maximum of two days in a week.

This was announced by Kamrup Deputy Commissioner Biswajit Pegu after a meeting with the representatives of various market and traders’ associations in the city.

During the meeting, there were discussions various issues regarding opening of shops in Kamrup Metro district during the third phase of lockdown.

The meeting, chaired by deputy commissioner Pegu, was also attended by the Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) and the Deputy Commissioner of Police (S&I), Guwahati.

After a threadbare discussion, the Kamrup Metro DC issued instructions on the basis of the resolutions taken in the meeting. The resolutions are:

Stand-alone shops will remain open as per as per government guidelines.

In any market area/ lane only one third of the total shops will be opened in the district i.e. one shop shall remain open for a maximum of two days in a week.

Regarding roster/rotation of shops to be opened in a particular date, the onus will be on the owner of the buildings.

The list of shops to be opened as per roster will be intimated to the concerned GMC Division before opening their shops.

All market complex/shopping malls shall remain closed including the front facing shops.

Any private offices running within the market complex/malls shall have to apply before the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup Metro separately before running their office.

All shops/stand-alone shops shall have to close at 5 PM sharp.

While opening of these shops, the shopkeepers/traders shall ensure the social distancing norms and other hygienic facilities at their premises.

Availability of sanitizer and wearing of masks by the shop keepers and the customers is a must.

All other functionaries shall remain open as per government guidelines vide Order Memo No. ASDMA 24/2020/Part-1/43 issued on May 3, 2020.

All traders’ associations present in the meeting will ensure opening of shops registered under them as per decision taken in Monday’s meeting.

“Any contravention of the above directions will be viewed seriously and the trade licenses will be liable to cancellation and further imposing of penal provisions under Disaster Management Act, 2005,” said Deputy Commissioner Pegu.

The Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup Metro appealed to all the residents of Guwahati to maintain social distancing and adhere to the guidelines of COVID19 issued from time to time by the government.

As per request of the business community the Kamrup Metro DC from the chair appealed to the owners of the buildings to reduce the amount of rent to some extent or waive the rent of their tenants for a certain period to provide relief to them during the hard times.

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