Pune: After Wagholi and Lohegaon, now the traders association has called for a complete shutdown in Dhanori for three days from Wednesday, where except for medical shops and hospitals, all shops will remain closed.
The outbreak of Novel Coronavirus has so far claimed the lives of eight people here, while the number of COVID-19 patients in this district has reached 157.
According to Dhanori Traders’ Association president Sunil Tingre, vice president Nana Tingre, Ajit Pandey, the Tingre Nagar Traders Association have announced the shutdown of all shops.
‘Despite the national lockdown imposed to control the spread of COVID-19, many people are gathering in large numbers at Kirana shops, chicken, mutton and vegetable shops, without maintaining the social distance.
‘The residents are frequently going out on the streets to buy goods like vegetables, groceries, bakery, chicken and mutton. People can be seen chatting at chowks and there is crowding everywhere and social distance is not observed. Against this backdrop, all grocery stores, milk dairy, chicken, mutton, vegetable shops and others will remain closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. All citizens and trade unions have come together to make this decision,’ they said.
All the shops will remain closed in Dhanori, Bhairavnagar, Munjabavasti, Amba Nagari, Anand Park, Porwal Road, Dhanori Gaothan, Tingre Nagar, Kalwad and surrounding areas. People have been requested to support this complete curfew in the fight against the pandemic, the traders added.
Pune Police officials from Vishrantwadi police station said the traders have called for a shutdown voluntarily and there is no order from the administration. Nobody can force any shopkeeper to close his or her shop, but it’s their choice.