A voluntary lockdown will be enforced in Araku Valley from Tuesday as per a decision taken by the trade and civil society associations. According to representatives of Vartaka and Vyapara Poura Sankshema Sangham, the unanimous decision was taken to protect Araku from the second wave of corona and to retain its brand image of being a safe tourist destination.
“The necessity of a lockdown was left by youth, students, traders, people’s organizations representatives in view of spiraling cases in other parts of the district. The JAC of traders, civil society and Girijana Sangham leaders have resolved to continue the voluntary lockdown till the situation improves,” they said.
It may be recalled that voluntary lockdown was implemented in Araku valley twice last year, first in June and July, and then again for 10 days in August. The voluntary lockdown enforced in Araku then was followed by other agency mandals. The Girijana Sangham, traders, youth and student organization generated widespread awareness on Covid protocol behaviour such as no mask no entry, sanitization and social distancing norms in Yandaavallivalasa, Araku Valley, Sunkara Metta and other areas.
As per the latest decision, all shops will stay open only from 6 am to 2 pm daily. Hotels will be open till noon and food should be given to only parcels. Traders association leaders Kapuganti Krishna Rao and M Sambayya, Poura Sankshema Sangham convenor Govardhan and honorary president Uma Maheswara Rao said everyone should follow the lockdown guidelines.