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Odd-Even ruled imposed again all across Cachar; "Social distancing norms not being adhered," Keerthi Jalli

Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, Keerthi Jalli has issued an order imposing Odd-Even rule in the district. According to the order issued under section 115 and 116 of the Motor Vehicles Act,1988 (59 of 1988) on July 10, 2020, private vehicles including two-wheelers having registration number ending with odd digits’ only (i.e. 1,3,5,7,9) will only be allowed to ply on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. While plying of all types of private vehicles including two-wheelers having registration number ending with even digits (Le. 0,2,4.6.8) are allowed only on Tues., Thursday & Saturday.

It is worth mentioning here that the state government has imposed total lockdown during weekend across the state. DC Jalli’s order clarifies, “In case of lockdown, the order issued for lockdown is to be adhered to.” Which means the vehicle with registration numbers ending with even digits can only ply on Tuesday and Thursday. This odd-even restriction is however, only applicable for private vehicles that are not in any sort of essential services.

In her order, DC Jalli states, “It has also been observed that social distancing norms are not being strictly adhered to by the general public. And whereas, it has become extremely necessary to minimise the crowding, caused especially due to random plying of vehicles. To take precautionary measures to stop the further spread and to reduce mass movement of vehicles,” the administration has decided to impose the restrictions.

The order is effective immediately, informed the deputy commissioner’s office.

The vehicles exempted from the Odd-Even restrictions are:

1. The Vehicles of Judicial/ Govemment Offices.

2. Medical Services, Police, Fire Services, Emergency Response for Restoring Telecom and Electricity and other Law Enforcing Agencies

3. Buses plying under ASTC and Vehicles under SMB & Water Resources.

4. All goods carrying vehicles (empty or loaded).

5. The Vehicles engaged in various Govt. Schemes/ works which have been specially permitted by the District Administration, Cachar.

6. The vehicles carrying essential goods including green tea leaves already permitted by the District Administration. Cachar and cash carrying vehicles to ATMs.

7. The Vehicles of other Districts passing through Cachar district

8. The Vehicles of on-duty employees specifically engaged in emergency and essential services duty during lockdown period of COV1D-19.

9. Officers/employees of Judiciary and advocates engaged for urgent court cases only.

10. Vehicles of Print/Electronic Media Personnel with proper identity.

11. These restrictions shall not be applicable on Sundays.

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