CHATTOGRAM: The first day of the weeklong lockdown passed off with slack monitoring in the port city on Monday while public sufferings mounted due to suspension of road transport services.
Public transports like bus, human haulers and CNG-run auto-rickshaws remained off the road on the day.However, a good number of private vehicles plied the roads in the city.
All the shopping malls and roadside shops except those of medicine and groceries remained closed during the lockdown.
Gathering of people were noticed at kitchen markets as they were instructed to close by 4:00pm.
The commuters were seen gathering for transport at every intersection of the city since the early morning.
They had to depend on private cars, rickshaws while many were seen travelling on open trucks to reach the destinations, mainly the work places.
Abdul Mabud, a private service-holder, said he had to wait for several hours to avail a public transport in Kazir Dewri area.“But, no vehicle was found and I was compelled to hire a rickshaw later,” he said.
Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) conducted mobile court in the city’s different areas to ensure safety measures.
CCC Special Magistrate Jahanara Ferdous and Executive Magistrate Marufa Begum Neli led the drives.
The mobile court awarded financial penalty of Tk 1,200 to nine persons for not wearing masks while two machinery shops were also fined Tk 1,000 for not keeping shops closed.
Besides, the district administration also conducted mobile courts in the city in this regard, sources said.
On the other hand, businessmen staged demonstration against the lockdown in New Market intersection in the afternoon.
Traders of Tamakumondi Line Banik Samity staged the demonstration demanding permission to open the shops for a certain period every day.
Besides, 307 more people tested corona positive while two died in Chattogram on Monday.
With this, a total of 41,807 persons tested corona positive while 395 of them died and 34,344 recovered in Chattogram district until Monday.