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‘Janata curfew’ impact: Cities across India deserted, many trains & flights suspended

People have responded positively to PM Modi’s call for a ‘janata curfew’ from 7am to 9pm Sunday, to combat the spread of the coronavirus across India.

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New Delhi: India woke up to a ‘janata curfew’ Sunday, as the country shut itself indoors to combat the spread of COVID-19, the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus.

The ‘janata curfew’ was called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his televised address to the nation Thursday, and will last from 7am to 9pm.

Streets wore a deserted look, with public transport and even train services shut across the states. Marketplaces, restaurants, gyms, bars and liquor shops were already closed in many cities days before the ‘janata curfew’ as a precautionary measure.

The Indian Railways has cancelled 3,700 long distance and passenger trains scheduled for Sunday. Major airlines have also implemented a partial reduction or a complete shutdown of their services Sunday to support the call. GoAir has announced that it will voluntary all flights on the day.

Cab aggregators like Uber and Ola will be functional for anyone who needs to avail of cabs in an emergency situation, although the companies are encouraging drivers to stay home.

Here’s what the situation is like in various parts of the country.

Also read: India can save up to 10,000 lives with proper isolation & quarantine: Epidemic specialist


Though a majority of the city is empty, in a few areas like Ashram, public transport as well as private vehicles have been spotted.

Shutdowns have been called by the Delhi Auto Union and the Delhi Metro, which tweeted:

Police have been offering flowers to people out on streets, requesting them to stay indoors.

Neighbouring NOIDA wears a deserted look, with usual choke points such as Film City and Sector 18 chowk devoid of any traffic. Vehicles are being checked when entering Uttar Pradesh from Delhi on the DND Flyway, but not in the other direction.


India’s financial capital has responded to the ‘janata curfew’ call with an unprecedented shutdown. Anurag Gawde, a resident of Andheri, told ThePrint: “We can’t believe it’s Mumbai. We can hear sound of birds today; it’s soothing.”


In Nagpur and many other cities across India, the police have been urging people to vacate public spaces through loudspeakers. All private and corporate establishments in Nagpur, except those providing essential services, are shut.

Also read: What the word ‘curfew’ means & how janata curfew isn’t literally one


In Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, sanitation workers are out to clean main roads and chowks. Zack Allen, a resident of Harmu Housing Colony told ThePrint that it’s “an opportune time to get these things done”, as these streets remain busy on other days.


Although some vehicular movement has been witnessed on Tamil Nadu’s major roads, these were largely private vehicles. Public and private buses, autos and taxis have stayed off the roads in most parts of the state.

Chennai’s arterial roads, including the Anna Salai and the GST Road, have remained empty.

(With inputs from PTI)

Also read: ‘Janata curfew’ is a public drill, won’t really stop spread of coronavirus: Experts


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  1. Its people respect what we have shown in Modi ji.
    Do you offices wil deduct money for these days.
    Who will suppory for this .Can we have support in this

  2. It is now clear that Janata curfew was the start of a serious, much needed national lockdown. The troubling question remains whether it ought to have started much earlier.

  3. Narendra Modi has once again proved that he enjoys unmatched popularity in the country. I cannot imagine any other PM taking such Risk. Perhaps, Lalbahadur Shastri would have done it. During 1965 war, he called upon the public to skip one meal a week and contribute the savings to country’s defence. People obeyed him. People have unquestioningly observed Janta Curfew. Part of the co-operation has to be naturally attributed to the instinct of self-preservation in humans. In the locality where I live, the curfiew is almost total, but for some defiant people who scoot around on their scooters and motorcycles. They are exceptions.

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