Lockdown 4.0 guidelines in Maharashtra to be implemented from today

The areas in red zones classification by the Maharashtra government have little to no relaxation in the new guidelines for lockdown 4.0.

Lockdown 4.0 guidelines in Maharashtra to be implemented from today
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The Maharashtra government earlier issued guidelines for the lockdown 4.0 which are to be implemented from today. The municipalities and districts have been mapped as red zones and non-red zones (orange and green zones) which is based on the number of deaths and the doubling rate. 

This time there is no separate notification for Mumbai regarding the implementation of guidelines by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). During the earlier phases of the lockdown, the civic body has brought out its own rules. 

The Maharashtra government has classified the civic bodies in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik, Jalgaon, Dhule, Solapur, Malegaon, Amravati and Akola as red zones which have little to no relaxation. 

The non-essential shops, malls, establishment or industries in red zones including Mumbai are allowed to open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM but only for the non-commercial purpose of upkeep, maintenance and pre-monsoon protection activities of property and goods. 

However, the e-commerce platforms like Amazon, Flipkart among others are allowed to deliver essential and non-essential items in the red zones as well. Moreover, the pre-monsoon works at both public and private properties will be allowed to begin but only with the permission from the local ward office. 

Earlier, the BMC gave separate orders and listed different rules for Mumbai which led to a coordination issue between the government and the civic body. Keeping the same in mind, Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta ordered district collectors and civic commissioners to not change the guidelines issued by the state government. 

The housing societies can also carry out pre-monsoon work. The shops and private properties will have to submit a permit application to their respective ward offices to carry out the pre-monsoon work. 

The ground level staff of the civic body will check the applications and grant permission or else the shops will open under the pretext of carrying out pre-monsoon work and will sell their products, a ward officer informed. 

According to the new guidelines, all private offices in the red zones will remain shut and taxi, auto-rickshaws and cab aggregating services are prohibited. Moreover, no non-essential shops are permitted to open except electronic and hardware store. 

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