Citing that the rate of coronavirus infections in the valley had not declined as expected the chief district officers of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur had decided to extend the prohibitory order in Kathmandu valley by one more week on May 25.
The current prohibitory order was to end at midnight today.
New provisions have been included in the prohibitory order which comes into effect from 1 am on May 28. As per the rules, only shops selling vegetables, fruits, dairy products, meat, drinking water and cooking gas will be allowed to open till 9 am. The order states that grocery shops and department stores will also not be allowed to open during the duration of the prohibitory order.
As grocery stores will also not be allowed to open many people were scared as to what they could do if they need some food items which are available only in grocery stores. However, the District Administration Office, Kathmandu has issued a notice today stating that Food Management and Trading Company Limited and Salt Trading Corporation will be selling food items through mobile vans in places that report food shortage. The DAO has mentioned that it will be done through the local level administration.
The District Administration Office has also provided the mobile numbers of the authorities who can be contacted if anyone has any queries on the issue or is facing any problem of food shortage.
The contact persons and their numbers are listed below:
Food Management and Trading Company Limited
1) Mohan Prakash Chand, Chief Executive Officer – 9851320314
2) Bhim Bahadur Thapa, Department Chief – 9851136785
3) Gyanu Thapa, Provincial Chief, Thapathali – 9851121788
Salt Trading Corporation
1) Urmila Shrestha, Chief Executive Officer – 9851022564
2) Kumar Rajbhandary, Deputy CEO – 9851033303
3) Sabal Rijal, Department Chief – 9851113660
4) Prajwal Pradhan, Officer – 9841332990, 9813272563