Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and urged him to direct Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to allow hotels and weekly markets in the national capital to reopen.
“It is beyond comprehension what the Centre wishes to achieve by keeping hotels and weekly markets shut in Delhi when they have been allowed to open even in states with high Covid-19 caseload,” Sisodia wrote in the letter, according to PTI.
Sisodia said that the Delhi government was planning to send its proposal to the Lieutenant Governor again on Tuesday and asked Shah to ensure that the proposal is not stopped.
“I request you to ask the L-G not to stop the proposal. If traders start their businesses, the economy will improve and jobs will be generated,” said Sisodia.
Hon'ble Dy CM shri @msisodia writes to Home Minister shri Amit Shah requesting immediate directions to be issued to Hon'ble LG to overturn his decision on hotels and weekly bazaars, which is against Centre's unlock guidelines. pic.twitter.com/FwqOJwKTDb— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) August 1, 2020
Sisodia also said that the Covid situation in Delhi has been under control for the last one month and is normalising.
His letter comes after Baijal on Friday rejected Arvind Kejriwal government’s decision to open hotels and weekly markets (on a trial basis) as part of unlock 3.0. Officials told PTI that the Lieutenant Governor took this decision as the Covid-19 situation continues to be “fragile” and the threat is still “far from over”.
Delhi has a total of 1,36,716 coronavirus cases and the national capital recorded 1,118 new cases on Saturday.
The Delhi government had on Thursday decided to allow hotels, street hawkers to resume operations and do away with the night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am as part of Unlock 3.
It had also decided to allow weekly bazaars to reopen on a trial basis for a week with social distancing and all necessary coronavirus-appropriate measures in place,...