According to a report by Indian The Express, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who is also the Guardian Minister of Pune on Saturday said that weekend lockdown in Pune is likely to stay in place for substantial amount of time owning to the crowds seen in tourist places and markets.
“The weekend lockdown will continue for a while. People must be wondering why this decision has been taken. We have seen in last few days huge crowds at hill stations, tourist spots and markets. It’s beyond my understanding why citizens are behaving in this manner,” said Pawar.
Pawar said that Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will remain under Level II restrictions with weekend lockdowns, while areas under PCMC and Pune Rural will continue with the Level III and Level IV restrictions respectively.
Pawar said that the decision to re-impose a weekend lockdown has been taken keeping in mind the long-term welfare of the citizens, though it might face flak from citizens and businessmen.
He added. "the police have been asked to step up their presence on city roads so that people do not violate rules". He said that they have been asked to remain on roads to stop people from crowding tourist spots.