Janata Curfew in Mumbai: Marine Drive, Dadar, Borivli, Andheri streets empty; stations deserted

Updated: Mar 22, 2020, 15:44 | Jonita Colaco
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    The city that never sleeps, woke up to empty roads and deserted public places on Sunday as the 'Janata curfew' proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to counter the coronavirus spread began.

    In photo: Thakur village in Kandivli wears a deserted look.

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    Modi has proposed the day-long curfew between 7 am and 9 pm as part of social distancing to check the spread of the deadly virus.

     

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    The usually bustling western and eastern express highways and other arterial roads looked empty as people stayed in their homes to support the curfew. Same was the situation at the suburban train stations which normally see thousands of commuters jostling to get inside the overcrowded trains.

    In photo: Police personnel being briefed before during the janata curfew which starts at 7 am and ends at 9pm. 

     

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    State government authorities had on Saturday informed people that only those engaged in essential services would be allowed to travel in local trains, that too after checking their identity papers. Public transport is being curtailed in the city on Sunday.

     

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    Local trains on the Central line will see 60 per cent services as against the normal 70 per cent on Sundays. The Western Railway has cancelled four services, two from Virar to Dahanu Road, and two from Dahanu Road to Dadar and Churchgate.

     

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    The Central Railway has cancelled 60 long distance trains across Mumbai division, while the Western Railway has cancelled 40 mail express and 26 passenger trains from Mumbai. It has also cancelled 477 suburban locals on Sunday. The Mumbai Metro and Mumbai Monorail will remain suspended for the day, while BEST buses will run according to their holiday schedule, officials said.

    In photo: Thane railway station saw no passengers on Sunday.

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    Late on Saturday evening, the Divisional Commissioner of Konkan Region declared that the police and State government staff will be present at all stations to ensure that people do not travel unnecessarily and only those engaged in essential services will allowed on local trains.

    In photo: CSMT station was empty during the Janata curfew on Sunday.  

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    Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said such a lockdown should have been imposed a week ago as part of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus. Speaking to a regional news channel, Raut said the coronavirus outbreak would also have a "deep impact" on the country's economy.

    In photo: Thakur complex, Kadivli (East)

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    Millions of people across the country stayed indoors, streets wore a deserted look and bare number of vehicles were on roads on Sunday. "The curfew should have been imposed a week ago. The government may have different views, but in my personal opinion, the decision of lockdown should have been announced earlier," Raut said.

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    "There is no time for soft communication with people. Need to act like the authoritarian regime of China, where they strictly implemented their decisions and controlled the COVID-19 spread further," he said. Instead of killing people over beef consumption or shouting slogans like 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai', this is the right time to serve the country by helping each other and keeping people alive, the Rajya Sabha member said.

    In photo: Santacruz-Chembur link road. 

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    Meanwhile, the suburban train services in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Secunderabad will be reduced to a bare minimum, said Indian Railways officials on Saturday.

    In photo: Vinoba Bhave road, Kurla (West)

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    "On March 22, the suburban services in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Secunderabad will be reduced to a bare minimum," said Indian Railways officials. "The actual number of trains that will run on March 22 will be decided by the respective zonal Railways as per the assessment of local conditions and requirements," the official added.

    In photo: Sion-Panvel highway was empty during thye curfew on Sunday.

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    Besides, the passenger trains originating between the intervening night of March 21-22 to 10 pm of March 22 shall not run, they added. "However, the passenger trains originated before the intervening night of March 21-22 will complete its journey," the officials said.

     

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    The number of coronavirus positive patients in India rose to 341 on Sunday, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

     

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    A total of 16,999 samples from 16,109 individuals have been tested for COVID-19 as of 10:00 am on March 22, as per ICMR data.

    in photo: The road opposite Shiv Sena Bhavan was deserted on Sunday

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    India reported two deaths today from the highly contagious virus - one each in Maharashtra and Bihar - taking the tally to six, as per state authorities.

    In photo: Autorickshaws parked at Bandra.

     

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    Maharashtra, which has maximum cases in the country, witnessed the death of a 63-year-old COVID19 patient with a chronic history of diabetes, high blood pressure and ischemic heart disease. In Bihar, a 38-year-old, who passed away due to kidney failure, had been tested positive for the virus.

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    The chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana have ordered statewide lockdowns till March 31 to curb the spread of the virus which has infected over 2 lakh globally.

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    In India, 23 people who were tested positive have been discharged after treatment, as per Health Ministry figures. 

    In photo: Residents of Goregaon stayed off-road on Sunday. 

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    A local NGO has written a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackarey, demanding that office-bearers of all housing societies in Mumbai be given the responsibility
    of monitoring the health of their members. If the housing society office-bearers fail to report
    to health authorities about coronavirus cases, they should be held criminally liable, Harmony Foundation chairman Dr Abraham Mathai said in his letter.

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    "Maharashtra is leading with maximum number of cases reported in India and we are supposedly in phase-2 of spread of the viral infection, according to medical experts. The transition from phase 2 to 3 is critical as it can either escalate into a community transmission or de-escalate on account of the preventive measures taken by all of us," he said.

    In photo: Amar Mahal junction

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    Holding housing society office-bearers responsible is the only way to keep a tab on people who are asymptomatic in the beginning, as it is not possible for the municipal health officers to micro-manage this, he said.

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Mumbai, the city of dreams wore a deserted look on Sunday after the Janata Curfew was introduced. In a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced the Janata Curfew on Sunday from 7 am to 9 pm. People stayed indoors and only those involved in essential services were allowed to step out. The usually bustling city wore a deserted look with its prime spots including Marine Drive, Bandra, Lower Parel, Andheri and Chembur going silent. 

(All photos: Middy photographers - Atul Kamble, Satej Shinde, Sameer Markande, Sameer Abedi, Suresh Karkera, Nimesh Dave, Pradeep Dhivar, Bipin Kokate, Ashish Raje, Shadab Khan)