Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic around the globe, the state of Maharashtra has remained the most affected by the Coronavirus in the country (Over 2,600 cases), with the nation’s financial capital, Mumbai accounting for a majority of the state’s Coronavirus cases (Over 1,200).
Given the magnitude of the spread and the severity of the situation, the Maharashtra State Government and the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) have undertaken stringent measures across the city, in a bid to prevent the spread the potent virus.
Two specific areas in Powai, from where most of the upscale suburbs Corona cases have been reported, have been sealed and designated as ‘Containment areas.’ The state had already extended the city-wide lockdown to April 30, 2020, and with the Prime Ministers April 14 address, calling for the extension of the nationwide shut down to May 3, 2020, highlights the gravity of the pandemic.
Despite the testing situation, Powai has witnessed rampant indiscipline over the past few weeks, to the point that personnel from the Powai Police station led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Sakinaka Division, Milind Khetle organised a flag march on 9 April 2020 in a last-ditch effort to request compliance.
The senior police official made it clear during the march that a failure to comply with the lockdown will invite stringent action, resulting in criminal proceedings. If the troubling issue of errant residents leaving their homes amidst the lockdown is not speedily resolved, then the possibility ‘cordoning off’ (sealing) the entirety of Powai cannot be ruled out and is indeed a distinct possibility.
On April 10, 2020, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Zone X Ankit Goyal inspected the affected areas and carried out a security check. Speaking about this development, DCP Goyal said, “The municipal authorities have sealed off the premises where COVID-19 positive patients were found.
We have provided round the clock security to the containment areas, and access both in and out of the concerned societies have been closed off to residents.” The sealed areas comprise of a densely populated section of the broader community that is Powai, and a failure to contain the spread may have drastic consequences for the suburb at large.
Yet despite there being no dearth of awareness measures undertaken by the state, civic authorities and even actions taken by private citizens, a large number of residents are not adhering to the lockdown and social distancing, making it a significant health and safety and law and order challenge for the concerned authorities.
Speaking to 'The Watchdog News' about this, Senior Police Inspector (Sr. PI) Sudhakar Kamble of Powai Police Station said, “We have provided all the necessary security in respective containment zones. Citizens here are requested not to come outside.” We also carried a flag march in the area and warned people about this. If residents continue to move around outside their homes in the absence of any personal emergency, then stringent action will be taken.”
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