Tinsukia: In view of the raging COVID-19 pandemic, the Tinsukia district administration announced odd-even formula for road vehicles in the district.

The development follows the announcement of strict restrictions by the Assam government to contain the spread of COVID-19, including the closure of all offices, religious places and weekly markets for 15 days in urban and semi-urban areas, along with the order to shut all shops and markets by 1 pm and a curfew from 2 pm to 5 am.

The order, signed by the deputy commissioner of Tinsukia, said vehicles with even number registrations can ply between 5 am to 2 pm on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. “Odd number vehicles will be allowed to ply on Monday, Wednesday and Friday,” he added.

All vehicles except government vehicles and vehicles used for medical emergencies have to follow the odd-even formula from May 13 until further orders, the order read.

On Tuesday, Tinsukia registered 208 fresh cases of COVID-19 out of a total of 1,775 tests done today with a positivity rate of 11.71%.

In a similar order signed by deputy commissioner of Jorhat, it has been said that vehicles with odd registration number will be allowed to ply on odd dates while vehicles with even registration will be allowed to ply on even dates between 5 am to 2 pm across the district.

However, there are lot more exemptions mention in the order by Jorhat district admistration.

“The exemptions include full-body goods carrier truck, buses plying under ASTC, vehicles engaged in various government schemes which have been specifically permitted by the district administration, vehicles carrying green leaves, chemicals/fertilizers for farming, cash carrying vehicles for ATM, vehicles of other districts passing through Jorhat district, vehicle of media persons with identify card besides vehicles of various government departments and agencies,” the order read. 

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