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Suspend transportation, but resume factories: Gandaki CM tells centre

Prithvi Subba Gurung

Pokhara, April 25

Gandaki Chief Minister Prithvi Subba Gurung has demanded that the government resume construction and production works although the lockdown is extended again.

Gurung telephoned the coordinator of the high-level committee to control the coronavirus outbreak, Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel, on Saturday and extended his suggestion.

“We will mobilise construction workers following code of conduct. We have also prepared a guideline to import and manage construction materials,” Gurung reportedly told Pokharel, “Likewise, the factories manufacturing foodstuffs should be opened. We should import the essentials by controlling the risk of infection.”

He urged the federal government to strictly monitor the border movement assuring the provincial governments were competent enough to take necessary precautions in their jurisdictions. He claimed that his province was a green zone now as both the Covid-19 patients there have achieved recovery now.

According to Gurung, the lockdown restrictions should be relaxed in safer areas though the nationwide lockdown gets extended.

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