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In Pictures: Day one of Chennai's "intense" lockdown

Updated : 2020-06-20 13:03:14

The Tamil Nadu government's "intense" lockdown in the districts of Chennai, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur and Chengalpet began on Friday. As expected, Chennai saw deserted streets, shutters down, offices shut, and residents staying home. CNBC-TV18 managed to get out to capture some of the city's sights on day one of the lockdown.

Mount Road goes vehicle-free: Chennai’s iconic Mount Road — one of its oldest and busiest stretches — wears a deserted look as the city begins a 12-day “intense” lockdown. The stretch houses Chennai’s old-world charm, and is home to colonial architecture and well-known landmarks, including the Taj Connemara, the LIC Building and Higginbotham’s Bookstore.
Mount Road goes vehicle-free: Chennai’s iconic Mount Road — one of its oldest and busiest stretches — wears a deserted look as the city begins a 12-day “intense” lockdown. The stretch houses Chennai’s old-world charm, and is home to colonial architecture and well-known landmarks, including the Taj Connemara, the LIC Building and Higginbotham’s Bookstore.
Malls yet to re-open: Chennai’s oldest mall, Spencer Plaza stays shut even as the city goes into another lockdown, starting Friday. Ever since the nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 24, all malls, multiplexes and hotels in the city have stayed shut. The state government has not permitted these establishments to re-open even in the Unlock Phase of the COVID-19 Lockdown. Restaurants, which were earlier permitted to re-open dine-in services, have also been asked to run only takeaways till June 30.
Malls yet to re-open: Chennai’s oldest mall, Spencer Plaza stays shut even as the city goes into another lockdown, starting Friday. Ever since the nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 24, all malls, multiplexes and hotels in the city have stayed shut. The state government has not permitted these establishments to re-open even in the Unlock Phase of the COVID-19 Lockdown. Restaurants, which were earlier permitted to re-open dine-in services, have also been asked to run only takeaways till June 30.
Shops stay shut: Stores along Mount Road pull shutters down again — 30 days since receiving permission to re-open a month ago. The Tamil Nadu government has said that lockdown norms will be implemented across Chennai and three other districts: Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur and Chengalpet, in the strictest manner possible, till June 30. No exceptions or relaxations to lockdown norms will be granted on weekends, either.
Shops stay shut: Stores along Mount Road pull shutters down again — 30 days since receiving permission to re-open a month ago. The Tamil Nadu government has said that lockdown norms will be implemented across Chennai and three other districts: Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur and Chengalpet, in the strictest manner possible, till June 30. No exceptions or relaxations to lockdown norms will be granted on weekends, either.
No Entry: Given the daily escalation of COVID-19 cases in Chennai, the government has instructed police personnel to keep a tight leash on vehicular movement within the city. As a result, 18,000 police personnel have been deployed across the metropolis to check the passage of vehicles. Nearly 88 police check-posts have been set up across Chennai to keep a lid on vehicular movement.
No Entry: Given the daily escalation of COVID-19 cases in Chennai, the government has instructed police personnel to keep a tight leash on vehicular movement within the city. As a result, 18,000 police personnel have been deployed across the metropolis to check the passage of vehicles. Nearly 88 police check-posts have been set up across Chennai to keep a lid on vehicular movement.
Fruit markets shut early: The Madhavaram wholesale fruit market resembles a ghost town as it shuts operations for the day. The market, which supplies fruits to retailers across neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, is allowed to function only till noontime till June 30. Operations were shifted to Madhavaram from Chennai’s Koyambedu wholesale fruit and vegetable market, after the latter turned into a COVID-19 containment zone in April.
Fruit markets shut early: The Madhavaram wholesale fruit market resembles a ghost town as it shuts operations for the day. The market, which supplies fruits to retailers across neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, is allowed to function only till noontime till June 30. Operations were shifted to Madhavaram from Chennai’s Koyambedu wholesale fruit and vegetable market, after the latter turned into a COVID-19 containment zone in April.
Essentials within stipulated timings: A heap of pineapples lies unattended at a market in Chennai, as the state government has allowed essential service-providers to operate during the lockdown, but only within a stipulated time frame. Grocery stores are allowed to stay open between 6:00 am and 2:00 pm, while fuel stations are function till 4:00 pm. Banks are shut too, until June 29.
Essentials within stipulated timings: A heap of pineapples lies unattended at a market in Chennai, as the state government has allowed essential service-providers to operate during the lockdown, but only within a stipulated time frame. Grocery stores are allowed to stay open between 6:00 am and 2:00 pm, while fuel stations are function till 4:00 pm. Banks are shut too, until June 29.
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