‘Passes valid for place of stay to place of work: SSP Srinagar
Srinagar, April 15: District Development Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Chowdary Thursday said that the present scenario is alarming and authorities are trying hard to contain the outbreak of Covid-19 infection.
While addressing a press conference here in Kashmir capital Srinagar, Chowdary said that present scenario is concerning as many cases have been reported from Srinagar.
He said there are 14 red zones in Srinagar. Chowdary said that areas including Chattabal, LalBazar, Eidgah and Goripora are cause of concern.
He said thatSrinagar city has been divided into 25 zones. “We have 1000 teams, with 4000 people on job in these zones. We have to ensure that there is no leakage from Red Zones.”
District Development Srinagar according to Kashmir News Trust said that 800 to 900 people who had hidden their travel history were traced through control room due to crowd sourcing of information and were quarantined or put under isolation.
He said don’t make contact tracing difficult for us and reveal travel history.
He said that: “Our fight is not only against Coronavirus outbreak. We are also focusing on patients suffering from other terminal illnesses.
While responding to a question, Shahid Iqbal Chowdary said that there is no shortage of medicines. “Two aircrafts of medicines arrived on April 6 and 7. One more aircraft is expected today. We will ensure to get the required medicine from any place across the country. We have stock of life saving drugs for around 6 weeks. We are open to inspection if anybody has doubt,” he said.
Chowdary maintained that Doctors and Para-medical staff are risking their lives in the line of duty. “Supplies of PPE kits and masks are being streamlined.”
He said that amid lockdown 9000 counter transaction and 19,000 ATM transactions happening every day amid lockdown.
Chowdary added that: “we are at a point when everybody has to respond as a well meaning and responsible citizen. We are accountable as admin but people who spread rumours of financial emergency and get people standing outside banks have to be questioned as well. I can’t answer about community spread of Coronavirus in yes or no as there could be a lot of people who have not still disclosed their travel history. I have two people who wrote they came from Delhi but were abroad,” he said.
On this occasion, SSP Srinagar, Dr Haseeb Mughal said that aerial surveillance through drones, CCTV’s is being monitored. Deployment is also on ground. “This is not usual law and order lock down but 24×7 lockdown. Don’t come out in the evening like you did during other days. Passes will be valid for place of stay to place of work from now onwards. Inter-district movement has to be restricted. Family and friends would not be entertained on one pass.”
He said that they go after facebook and twitter handles of hundreds of people everyday. “Please don’t waste our time and don’t engage us there. Internet is a problem because of irresponsible behavior depicted by irresponsible users. Please, don’t make rumours and don’t post anything without cross checking.”
SSP Srinagar added that they lodged five FIR’s during Shab-e-Barat as some people were adamant and didn’t abide by the law. “Please pray at home. We also respect religious sentiments but we are at critical juncture right now,” he said.