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Lockdown gets ‘relaxed’

  • Special Correspondent
  • 14 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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The numbers of vehicles and people increased in the capital and other parts of the country on Tuesday, a day before the two-week countrywide strict lockdown ends today.

There was no sign of complete lockdown on streets, lanes, by-lanes and kitchen markets in the capital.

Health rules were hardly maintained at the kitchen markets while cars and rickshaws moved around freely.

Except buses, all modes of motorised vehicles, including private cars, microbuses, motorbikes and covered-vans, plied the city streets.

Besides, like other days of the lockdown, slow-moving rickshaws dominated the city streets.

Taking the advantage of the lockdown situation, the rickshaw-pullers charged 2-3 times higher fares from the passengers, many alleged.

In many areas in the capital, police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel were seen taking action against those travelling violating the government directives.

In the morning, there was a rush of vehicles at Rampura, Malibagh and Kakrail intersections. Long tailbacks were seen in many parts of the city.

Office-goers suffered the most due to the suspension of public transport services.

 “There’s no end to our sufferings. It costs us more to use rickshaws,” said Redwanur Rahman, an official of a private financial institution situated in Motijheel. Markets and shopping malls remained closed, but corner shops were open in residential neighbourhoods. Kitchen markets continued to operate.

The factories are in operation following health rules such as washing hands with water and soap or sanitiser, wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing.

The government imposed the strict lockdown banning operations of motorised vehicles, shutting government and private offices and shops and shopping malls for 14 days from July 1 to curb the surge in coronavirus infections.