Special permit is not required for vehicles transporting essential supplies during the lockdown announced by the government to contain the coronavirus pandemic, the COVID-19 Crisis Management Centre (CCMC) has said. The government has enforced the lockdown from March 24 and it will continue till May 15. In a press conference here on Sunday, spokesman at the Ministry of Health and Population, Dr Bikas Devkota, said no passes were required for transporting essentials as foodgrain, fruits, vegetables, milk and dairy products, animal, bird and fish feed, etc. as per the government’s decision.
Fruits and vegetable sales centres have been set up at various places of Kathmandu with support from Kathmandu Metropolitan City for managing the distribution system of the Kalimati Fruits and Vegetables Market Development Centre. CCMC has stated that limited places have been identified along the highway and petrol pumps, vehicle repairing workshop and eateries have been operated at these places for the convenience of the vehicles and workers transporting the essentials on long routes.
Medicines over Rs 1 billion imported
Spokesperson Devkota also informed on the occasion that medicines worth Rs 1 billion 133 million 719 thousand have been imported until April 25 since the start of the lockdown. Similarly, raw materials for medicines worth Rs 258 million 185 thousand have been imported during the same period. Similarly, a total 91 thousand 456 metric tonnes food grains, 26 thousand 82 metric tonnes lentils, 44 thousand 235 metric tonnes vegetables, 11 thousand 138 metric tonnes fruits, 36 thousand 442 metric tonnes LP gas and 17 thousand 496 kilolitres of petroleum from India during that period. 82 thousand securi