Delhi revenue minister Kailash Gahlot speakig to media
NEW DELHI: Since the huge size of containment zones was restricting the movement of a large population, Delhi government on Saturday reduced the number from 715 to 496 following an extensive assessment in the last two days.
Earlier the containment zones affected 3,48,099 people but now it affects only 1,06,211 people.
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal reviewed the containment zones with health and revenue department officials and directed them to regularly review it.
“As desired by the chief minister all the containment zones in the city were reviewed in the last two days with each district magistrate and surveillance team,” revenue minister Kailash Gahlot, who reviewed the containment zones, said.
CM Kejriwal had expressed concern during a review of the city’s Covid situation on July 29 at the large size of containment zones as it restricted the movement of large population.
“During the last two days, an extensive review of containment zones was carried out with revenue and health officials. The result has been quite satisfactory. Against 715 containment zones affecting 3,48,099 people, the number of containment zones is now down to 496, which affect the movement of only 1,06,211 people,” the revenue minister added.
In the fight against coronavirus, the containment zones have been used as a key strategy.
Authorities in the districts started creating containment zones with east and central districts taking lead in the exercise besides Shahdara.
As a general practice, areas reporting more than three and more cases were contained with barricades being put around them to stop the movement of people away from the containment zones.
Even inside the containment zones movements of people were restricted. Extensive screening and sanitisation exercises followed while people were dependent upon only a few options for home delivery of essential items.
Many people in some containment zones reported problems in taking sick people out to hospitals and in receiving essential items, including food and grocery.
The containment zones have been spread all across the city, but overall West and South West districts followed by South and North districts have reported the highest number of containment zones and de-contained zones too.
Taking cognisance of the problems people faced in prolonged periods of containment zones, the central government recently revised its guidelines for de-containing the containment zones.
The government has modified the rules according to which now the containment zones can be de-contained in 14 days after the discharge of the last confirmed case. Earlier, 28 days were required after the discharge of the last confirmed case.
The early de-notification of the contained areas will help the residents a great deal. They were unable to go to offices for 28 days and shops and other commercial activities located in the areas were barred from operating due to the containment exercise.
It may also support the government’s plans to kickstart the economy because early de-notification of the contained areas would allow more people to participate in economic activities.