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Maharashtra to take stringent decisions as situation grim: CM Uddhav Thackeray | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: A day after chief minister Uddhav Thackeray warned of a lockdown, he had a series of consultations with stakeholders from different sectors and indicated that the state government will take stringent decisions as the Covid-19 situation is grim. He also appealed to business owners to follow all guidelines and cooperate with the state.
Indicating that lockdown-like restrictions may be levied in the coming days and certain businesses may be impacted, Thackeray said the current priority is in the following order: “Zindagi, jaan, uske baad kaam (life and then livelihood).”
“The situation is grim in the state. We don’t want to fault anyone. But to break the chain of infection, we will have to take certain stringent steps,” said Thackeray while addressing multiplex and auditorium owners.
Thackeray held virtual meetings with mediapersons, owners of gyms and health clubs, cinema halls, multiplexes and film exhibitors on Saturday.
The CM said he was aware their businesses had just started to come back on track, but at the moment the state has to prioritise lives.
Kamal Gianchandani of PVR and producer Rohit Shetty reportedly agreed to cooperate with all the steps the government would take for public welfare.
Nitin Datar, president of the Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India, though, appealed to the government to address multiple concerns being voiced by theatre owners.
“Single screens in particular are staring at closure. We had requested a waiver of property tax as per an existing law that applies in times of national calamity. Plus, we are paying hefty electricity bills, although we are not using any power. There are certain charges in the bill to the tune of Rs 14,000-15,000 per month which are levied irrespective of use. Those should be waived. We also requested loans—not subsidies —to enable our members to reopen after the lockdown. These are valid concerns that are awaiting redressal. The government says, ‘Sar salaamat toh pagdi hazaar (life is more important)’. But we risk losing our very lives and livelihoods. Our 6pm and 9pm shows have been cancelled since the 8pm deadline for closure was implemented recently.”
“The CM told us about the Covid-19 situation. We have our demands with the government, but those are secondary at the moment,” said Shalini Bhargava, a gym owner at the meeting.
Senior officials said the state was considering shutting malls, cinema halls, gyms and religious places, and orders will be issued in the next two days. It is also likely that specific restrictions will be announced for the top eight districts that have the highest caseload in the state and are driving the Covid-19 numbers nationally as well. (With inputs by Gaurav Gupta)

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