Maharashtra chief minister (CM) Uddhav Thackeray on Monday expressed his concern over the heavy vehicular traffic on Mumbai roads and warned citizens that the prevailing lockdown-like curbs will be made stringent if such situation continues.
He said, "In my Sunday's public address I did not declare that Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted. I really wondered why people made so much of rush on roads. Also I myself cross checked my speech, in case some message was wrongly conveyed but my team told me nothing was such." I urge everyone to follow lockdown norms otherwise in Mumbai I have to impose strict restrictions, CM asserted.
CM Thackeray made this comment at MMRDA's auditorium in Bandra while speaking at the inaugural function of 20km stretch trial run on Metro Line 2A (Dahisar to DN Nagar) and line 7 (Dahisar East--Andheri East) and bhoomipujan of vehicular underpasses to decongest existing city airport junctions and virtual inauguration of one arm of Rajnoli flyover and Durgadi flyover.
Besides, Thackeray also told that after a long time, he attended the inauguration function physically otherwise due to Covid-19 only virtual functions he has been attending. "The inauguration are also mainly related Covid-19 like starting of Oxygen centre, Covid Jumbo Care centre, testing lab. However I really appreciate MMRDA for completing significant work on Metro Line 2A and line 7, which is expected to be open to Public from January 2021 onwards. When completed, these projects will put Mumbai on a faster pace amid the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic," he said.
Reportedly the Maharashtra government has extended state wide lockdown till June 15. However, CM Thackeray has assured certain relaxations and restrictions will be provided depending on the covid-19 case tally in districts.