Odisha Relaxes Restrictions, Allows Vehicle Showrooms to Reopen in Three Districts
The fresh extension to the lockdown imposed in Odisha has allowed for some relaxation in certain districts, hinting at a phased reopening of the economy. Among the measures comes a decision to permit vehicle showrooms to reopen from June 1 in Sundargarh, Nuapada and Gajapati districts.
Post the sanction by the Odisha government, the State Transport Authority will commence new vehicle registrations at the RTOs in these districts. Notably, the state government has not given its nod to open vehicle showrooms in other districts.
Meanwhile, the latest order also mandates the Regional Transport Officers of Sundargarh, Rourkela, Nuapada and Gajapati to ensure that the dealers have access to the VAHAN portal for registration of new motor vehicles.
As part of the new lockdown norms, a complete shutdown on the weekends will be imposed – from 6 pm on Friday till 5 am on Monday. “The lockdown is primarily aimed at restricting the movement of persons. Hence, movement of goods and goods carriers will not be affected by the lockdown,” the government notice stated.
The state government is taking a cautious, wait-and-watch approach in dealing with the rapidly evolving pandemic dynamics. To allow for restoration of economic normalcy after a hard lockdown last month, the government has opened up three districts of Nuapada, Gajapati and Sundargarh partially. The three districts have witnessed a sharp drop in the number of active COVID cases. In these districts, the relaxation time for availing essential commodities has been extended till 1 PM.