Bengaluru lockdown news: Today’s updates | Bengaluru News – Times of India

Amid prevalent chaos and uncertainty over access to the essential services and commodities during the lockdown, we bring you the latest updates from Bengaluru.
*The state government has issued an ordinance to amend certain clauses of the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act, paving the way for developers to sell plots in three phases. It’s a huge relief for developers, who are reeling from the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, and it will help them boost liquidity.
* Update by PTI at 9.36am: Death toll due to Covid-19 rises to 4,167, cases climb to 1,45,380 in the country, reports PTI quoting Union health ministry
*Patients undergoing surgeries in private hospitals in Bengaluru must take a Covid-19 test before the procedure since the medical institutions want to ensure their surgical staff are not exposed to any infection.
*Under fire for launching a pass-only system that forced even those undertaking short-distance journeys to cough up Rs 70 a day, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has decided to introduce flat fares from Tuesday.
*After turning 320 passenger coaches into isolation wards to house suspected Covid-19 patients, South Western Railway is now planning to reconvert them. None of the coaches was used to lodge Covid-19 patients in the past two months. Sources say SWR spent lakhs of rupees on the conversion.
*Although the resumption of flight services at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) was by and large smooth, there were, inevitably, a few minor hiccups. Some passengers who flew in from the six states hit by a high prevalence of Covid-19, refused to be quarantined in an institutional facility.

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