Chennai News:To further tighten the lockdown protocols, Greater Chennai Corporation has now made e-pass registration mandatory for travelling within the city limits between 06:00 A.M – 10:00 A.M window, when public are allowed to purchase only essentials.
Upon new City Commissioner Shankar Jiwal, the city will be divided into 12 districts, 348 sectors, with 12 police checkpoints guarding and 153 additional checkpoints guarding important junctions of the city.
Residents of 181 designated micro-containment zones will not be allowed to come out under any circumstances. Also, 309 four-wheelers and 209 two-wheelers belonging to the police force will actively patrol the streets enforcing the lockdown.
Enough arrangements are already made for the people to procure necessary articles like groceries, vegetables, eatables and medicines for the day. Besides medical and other designated emergencies, residents might require e-pass mandatorily to come out of their homes, beyond 10:00 A.M.
The decision was soon criticised by many for being too tight on the public. Already free hours which were until 12:00 P.M in the afternoon was soon curbed until only 10:00 A.M in Tamil Nadu. However, for the further convenience of the public, government has allowed food delivery operations to go on six hours every day even through curfew hours.