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Janata curfew: Total shutdown in Assam; city bus service suspended in Guwahati till March 24

Following the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal for a ‘Janata curfew’, where people have been urged to stay indoors to check the spread of Coronavirus, the streets in capital Guwahati and across Assam bore a deserted look on March 22 morning. Both public and private vehicles were off the road with only a few persons seen on the road.

The situation was more or less same in other parts of the state as other than people delivering essential services the streets were deserted.

Extending support to the shutdown call, Indian Railways also suspended rail services from March 21 midnight. The train services will resume at 10 pm on March 22. Air carriers like GoAir, IndiGo and Vistara also announced of curtailing domestic operations on March 22.

Traders’ body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has announced that they will keep their establishments shut across the country on March 22.

From suspending regular prayers involving large gatherings in shrines of various faiths, including Sunday mass, to disallowing jail inmates from meeting their families on the day, organisations and institutions in every sphere have announced restrictions for March 22.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called for the ‘Janata curfew’ from 7 am to 9 pm on March 22.

In his appeal, Modi said no citizen, barring those in essential services, should get out of their houses.

Lending a supporting hand to the Prime Minister Naredra Modi’s appeal for a ‘Janata Curfew’, bus services in Guwahati has been suspended till March 24, starting from March 22.

Pradip Das, president of Guwahati Transport Authority, confirmed that all buses have been barred from operating till the March 24 and would resume services on March 25 again.

“The city bus association has decided to suspend the bus services till March 24,” said Kamrup (Metro) Deputy Commissioner, Biswajit Pegu.

Further, Ola have also suspended its services during the duration of the Janata Curfew, that is from 7 am to 9 pm. Ola has notified its customers on the same via messages.


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