Bhubaneswar, Mar 17(LocalWire): The Puri district administration has now imposed ban on the entry of tourists and devotees to the temple town citing the increased risk of spread of the global pandemic of Coronavirus through more convergence of crowd in places like Srimandir and beaches.
The administration from Monday started restricting tourists from the Pipli toll plaza itself as it became a point of check post for the travellers who opted to travel by road to Puri from Bhubaneswar and other areas. Many vehicles from outstation were returned from the point as per the orders of the district administration.
This comes after the state has tightened their scrutiny and preparedness to mitigate the disease in the light of its maiden positive case.
The administration also imposed Section 144 in the city and also took into confidence the city hoteliers to track the health status of foreign travellers residing in Puri.
The district administration has also been asking the pilgrims to drop their plan to visit Puri while entry to Puri Jagannath temple and beaches of Puri and Konark have also been banned to discourage crowd surging at these popular tourists destinations.
“We are not in a mood to create panic and chaos. But have formed different teams with the single intention to stop the chances of spread of the killer disease.
Our teams inspected the vehicles at the toll plaza and asked them to cancel their trips at this crucial and challenging time,” Puri Collector Balwant Singh told media.
The tourists who have been living in the city have been advised not to venture out while their entry to beaches and popular tourist destinations have been barred to ensure there is no contact between suspected persons with the population.
The city police is keeping a vigil on the beaches and thwarting any attempt of gatherings at the site. The administration is likely to take more steps if needed to combat the disease in the temple town.