Restrictions on Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls take effect from Friday
Several restrictions will come into effect from Friday, ahead of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections on Sunday. An overview of the borders:
All liquor stores and bars in the 144 districts of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation will remain closed from Friday until the polls end on Sunday.
Officers from the local police stations transmitted the order from the state electoral commission to close the establishments.
“Bars and shops can open after 5 p.m. on Sunday when polling ends,” an official from the excise department said.
Officials said any violation of the order could result in a license suspension.
From Friday evening, police will begin scanning vehicles carrying groups of people to Kolkata from nearby areas, such as Howrah, Hooghly, the two 24-Parganas and Salt Lake.
Checks will be carried out on all key arteries with officers stopping vehicles and inquiring into the purpose of the visit.
About fifty checkpoints have been set up and officers have been deployed.
“On polling day, no individual or group will be allowed to enter the city without a valid reason from neighboring areas,” said a Lalbazar police officer overseeing municipal election security.
“The necessary instructions have been conveyed to the Howrah, Bidhannagar and Barrackpore Police Stations as well as to the Police Commissioners in the Diamond Harbor and Baruipur Police Districts.
Motorcycle gatherings will be banned on election day.
On polling day, a maximum of three people will be allowed to assemble within 200 meters of the polling stations. No vehicle is expected to enter the restricted area.
On Sundays, the markets may remain open at the usual times. Police were tasked with monitoring all unnecessary gatherings outside markets and in front of shops near polling stations.
Near the voting booths, free-standing stores, including those selling tea, snacks or groceries and inviting a constant stream of people, will be closed.
Malls and shopping arcades within 200 meters of a polling station will be closed during Sunday’s polls due to orders banning gatherings. Gathering of people in an area within 200 meters of any polling place is prohibited under article 144 of the CRP, which prohibits the gathering of four or more people.
Shopping centers located more than 200 meters from a polling station may remain open on Sundays.
All shopping malls and shopping arcades will be allowed to operate after 5 p.m.
Hotels and lodges
Restaurants and eateries within 200 meters of a polling station will remain closed until 5 p.m. Sunday to avoid gatherings of more than three people. Beyond the 200-meter mark, they can remain open but under police scans.
From Friday, police will start checking hotel and lodge registers to scan the identities of guests, especially those who have checked in as a group. Visitors will be advised to stay indoors on Sunday until the end of the polls.