Good response for Janata curfew in Dakshina Kannada

Source: DHNS | Published on 23rd March 2020, 1:27 PM | Coastal News |

Mangaluru: The arterial roads and markets across the city on Sunday wore a deserted look with people voluntarily responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to stay indoors (Janata curfew).

People clapped hands in the evening as symbolic expression of gratitude to those striving hard to contain Covid-19.

Barring civic workers from Antony Waste Handling Private Limited, that handles solid waste in city and police personnel on duty, there was an eerie silence on the streets of Mangaluru.

Shops, business establishments, clinics, hotels, restaurants and beauty parlours remained closed. The usually bustling Central Market, fish markets at State Bank area, and other markets in different parts of the city including Kankanady, Kadri-Mallikatte were silent.

National Highway 66 and 75 and other arterial roads were deserted for the most part of the day. All the private, KSRTC buses that operate in the district and majority of autorickshaws remained off the road. There are over 350 city buses that operate to various destinations in Mangaluru.

All the trains that originate from Mangalore Central and Mangaluru Junction Railway Station remained cancelled. The busy Old Port in Bunder where a majority of the fishing boats unload fishes from deep sea vessels, except for the sound of birds, remained silent.

Fishing boats remained anchored at the port. Shandy markets at Kadaba and Bajpe remained cancelled. Bajpe Gram Panchayat had made arrangements to announce the precautionary measures to be taken in order to counter coronavirus in its jurisdiction.

The 1000 Pillar Jain Basadi and Jain Mutt in Moodbidri teeming with devotees did not have any visitors. Under the guidance of Swasthisri Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Padithacharyavarya of Jain Mutt, a special prayer seeking blessings of the almighty to contain coronavirus was held at the Mutt in the evening.

The puja and abhisheka rituals are being held without any devotees, temple sources added. Puttur Executive Officer Naveen Kumar Bhandary capitalised on the Janata curfew by engaging in cleaning Puttur Sri Mahalingeshwara Temple along with others.

With the Bishop of Mangalore Diocese Rev Peter Paul prohibiting devotees from  congregating at churches, the special mass and other prayer services remained suspended until March 31.

Following an appeal from the Bishop, all 124 churches under Mangalore Diocese rang the bells exactly at 5 pm as an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those rendering selfless service to the society.

Residents of hundreds of apartments in Mangaluru city also cheered those serving the society by playing jagate, blowing conches and clapping hands in the evening.

Food supplied

Rotary Club Hillside President Dinesh Mallya and Manish Rao handed over food packets to a few police personnel who were patrolling in Kankanady.

They also handed over food packets to people stranded at KSRTC bus stand, Pumpwell (Mahaveer) junctions in Mangaluru.

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