The ‘Janata Curfew’, proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to curb the spread of COVID-19, kicked off on March 22, resulting in businesses being shut and transportation services being largely suspended across India.
In pictures: Deserted streets as India observes ‘Janata Curfew’
PM Modi had proposed the ‘Janata Curfew’ on Sunday between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. as part of social distancing to check the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Here are the latest updates:
11.30 am | Patna
Mithapur bus stand in Patna remains shut
11.30 am | Delhi
Delhi police urge motorists to go back home
The capital was in a total lockdown mode on Sunday morning with Delhiites adhering to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to observe the “Janata Curfew”.
Metro services remained shut, no private taxis were available and only 50% of the DTCs bus fleet plied on the roads.
At busy junctions like ITO, Connaught Place and Mandi House, Delhi Police was seen handing over roses to motorists who had ventured out and asking them to go back home. “I woke up to the sounds of the birds chirping, it is so different. This is a measure we are taking because of an extremely dangerous situation but it has given us time to pause and reflect on the smaller things in life,” said Uttara Seth, a resident of Jangpura.
11.00 am | Telangana
Khammam remains shut amid curfew
People across Telangana remained indoors in response to the Janata curfew call given by the government.
In Khammam district, the whole gamut of operations including coal mining and overburden removal in all the 10 coal mines of the State owned Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) in Kothagudem region comes to a halt as the entire workforce observes ‘Janata Curfew’ joining hands in the fight against coronovirus’s spread.
10.30 am | Karnataka
Minimal public transport in Karnataka
Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has appealed to citizens to voluntarily participate in the ‘Janata Curfew’ on March 22.
10 am | Tamil Nadu
9 am | Kerala
Janata Curfew observed in Kerala
In Kochi’s St Mary’s Basilica, the Sunday mass was held with only priests present for possibly the first time in its history. The mass was livestreamed for the believers.
8.40 am | Madhya Pradesh
People stay indoors, shops closed in MP
People in Madhya Pradesh remained indoors and streets wore a deserted look on Sunday in view of the ‘Janta Curfew’.
Roadside shops and eateries also remained closed in the State.
Four districts — Jabalpur, Rewa, Seoni and Narsinghpur — have already been placed under lockdown since Saturday.
8.15 am | India
Stay indoors and stay healthy, tweets PM Modi
“In a few minutes from now, the #JantaCurfew commences. Let us all be a part of this curfew, which will add tremendous strength to the fight against COVID-19 menace,” the Prime Minister wrote on Twitter.
8 am | Mumbai
Mumbaikars stay indoors as ‘Janata curfew’ commences
The city that never sleeps on Sunday woke up to empty roads and deserted public places as the ‘Janata curfew’ proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to counter the coronavirus spread began.
The usually bustling western and eastern express highways and other arterial roads looked empty as people stayed in their homes to support the curfew.
Same was the situation at the suburban train stations which normally see thousands of commuters jostling to get inside the overcrowded trains.
State government authorities had on Saturday informed people that only those engaged in essential services would be allowed to travel in local trains, that too after checking their identity papers.
Public transport is being curtailed in the city on Sunday. Local trains on the Central line will see 60% services as against the normal 70% on Sundays. The Western Railway has cancelled four services, two from Virar to Dahanu Road, and two from Dahanu Road to Dadar and Churchgate.
The Central Railway has cancelled 60 long distance trains across Mumbai division, while the Western Railway has cancelled 40 mail express and 26 passenger trains from Mumbai.
It has also cancelled 477 suburban locals on Sunday.
The Mumbai Metro and Mumbai Monorail will remain suspended for the day, while BEST buses will run according to their holiday schedule, officials said.
Late on Saturday evening, the Divisional Commissioner of Konkan Region declared that the police and State government staff will be present at all stations to ensure that people do not travel unnecessarily and only those engaged in essential services will allowed on local trains.
7.30 am | Tamil Nadu
How Tamil Nadu reacted to Janata Curfew
Sirens unlikely to sound PM’s battle cry today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plea to citizens of the country to clap or ring bells following the sound of a siren to appreciate the work of those leading the fight against the COVID-10 outbreak on Sunday may come a cropper in the financial capital.
The State government may not be able to set off sirens in most places in the city because for the past one year it has been sitting on a proposal from the Director General of Civil Defence to overhaul its war-time emergency public siren system. As a result, only 15 to 20 of the 170 sirens atop government buildings will work at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Similar sirens atop government buildings in Nashik, Pune, Thane and Raigad are not in working condition and may not go off on time, officials said.