GUNTUR: With both the field level officials and public turning reluctant to follow the Covid-19 protocols, many of the containment areas in the city are slowly becoming hotspots for Covid-19. The civic administration and urban police have completely failed to take stringent measures to contain the areas which saw a spike in the Covid-19 cases.
Surprisingly, the officials have not even barricaded the lanes where a good number of positive cases were reported in the last few days. The failure of the civic administration is creating ripples among the general public across the city as the positive cases were fast increasing in the city.
The field level engineering officials, who are responsible for setting up the barricades close to the residences of the positive cases, have ignored taking any such measures including in Nallacheruvu colony which reported 37 positive cases in a single day two days ago.
Apart from ignoring the barricading, the civic officials have also failed to keep the police on high-alert to maintain lockdown conditions in the containment areas. This lenience has prompted the local vendors and merchants to open the shops throughout the day. In fact, the street vendors serving tiffins were also returned to make quick business even in the midst of the containment areas unknowing of the consequences. As per the rules, no business outlet except medical shops should be allowed to open in the containment areas.
Since many of the positive patients for covid-19 are opting to stay at home isolation, the officials should have been more alert to see that the virus is not spread to the new areas. “The officials seemed to have quit from their responsibilities as no measures are being taken to contain the areas at least where the positive patients are residing. They barricaded almost entire city when the patients were shifted to hospitals and left it to the fate of the people when the patients are living right in the neighborbood,” fumed a social activist SVS Lakshminarayana.
Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC) commissioner C Anuradha was also surprised when she found many containment areas were remained open for public movement during her inspection on Tuesday. She said that there should not be any compromise in barricading the containment zones. Commissioner asked the assistant executive engineer of Nallacheruvu area to take immediate measures to prevent movements in the lanes where positive cases for Covid-19 were identified. Commissioner directed the officials that no business outlet except medical shops should be allowed to open in the containment areas.

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