Staff Repoter ; Kolkata , 29 April : Chief minister Mamata Banerjee here today indicated partial resumption of normal life only within the selected Green zones of the state from 4 May(Monday) to provide some additional relief to the common people in those localities despite the month long lock down condition.
Though stating that she had sought greater clarifications from the centre about the terms of re opening of some new sectors and services at the local level in Green zones to provide some more relief to the common people, the Chief minister in her daily briefing said here this afternoon that since there was no case of Corona virus from any of the Green Zone area in the state during the past few weeks, she had decided to allow opening of all local small kirana and stationary shops, book stores, local laundry and some other shops along the local tea stalls in all localities only within the Green Zones to resume the small scale businesses and help them earn some money at the time of this National crisis besides bringing a sign of relief to many.
‘We know that these small traders and businessmen have been facing immense sufferings for over one month because of the current lockdown as their income had now come to a grinding halt. Keeping their miseries in view our government has now decided to reopen these small local shops only within the Green zone areas of the state from next Monday (4 May)’, she said but at the same warned that in case it was found that the necessary social distancing norms had been violated in any of these places, all facilities would be withdrawn immediately without citing any reason whatsoever’ and in this connection necessary guide lines will be issued on May 1, she told.
The government had also decided to run a few government buses in these districts with the maximum capacity of carrying only 20 passengers in evey such bus, the Chief minister said adding In addition some private vehicles would also be allowed to ply within the Green Zones.
Stating that on the basis of government records as many as eight districts in both South and North Bengal had so far been identifed as Green Zones since there was no report of any positive Corona case from there during the past five or six weeks. These districts are Alipurduar, Coochbegar, North and South Dinajpur in North Bengal and Bankura, Purulia, Birbhum and Jhargram in South Bengal.
While another 11 districts had been put under Orange zones and four districts comprising Kolkata, Howrah, North 24 Parganas and East Midnapre had been identifed as Red zones and all of them would remain completely shut since the Covid-19 situation in those areas came under complete control.
Incidentally, the state government in order to bring back normalcy in the stalled economic activities of the state in a gradual manner had earlier decided to partially re open the tea industry in North Bengal with maximum 15 per cent of employees being allowed to work in each Garden for limited hours everyday.
Meanwhile, despite the all out effrots of the state government the number of those affected by COVID – 19 in the state has now shot up to 550 during the past 12 hours with the death remaining at 22 so far till this evening .
However during the same period as many as 125 patients have fully recovered and returned home from different hospitals to remain in self quarantine for another two weeks.