According to corporation officials, the decongestion plan began about a week ago and so far more than 600 peop…Read More
CHENNAI: As the number of cases in Royapuram zone exceeded the 3,000 mark on Wednesday, Greater Chennai Corporation is set to intensify its decongestion plans for the zone and shift more residents to either wedding halls or corporation community halls, even if they are healthy and not showing any symptoms.
The neighbourhood will be cleaned and disinfected and the residents will be provided with food and essentials during their stay, officials said.
According to corporation officials, the decongestion plan began about a week ago and so far more than 600 people have been shifted to halls so far.
Zonal staff said special attention is given in areas such as SM Nagar, Annai Sathya Nagar, Thideer Nagar, Anjaneyar Nagar, PK Raja Nagar and regular awareness programmes are conducted.
“We have identified 12 places in our zone to accommodate residents. As of now, we have no plans to shift them to halls in other zones. We have identified schools – government and private to accommodate residents for a short while,” said a zone 5 official.
Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy on Tuesday said in Royapuram zone, of the 1,400 streets, maximum cases are concentrated in about 136 streets.
According to officials, narrow streets and population density and presence of more unnotified slums are the reasons for the surge in cases in the zone.
According to a senior official with the city corporation, when one person is infected, before contact tracing, ten others get infected due to the dense population. This method of isolation can help in break the chain and reduce the surge in cases.
“In Royapuram zone, we are focusing on each street and identifying cases. If we go in search of cases, there is going to be rise in numbers, but it is not a cause for worry. We were able to contain Koyambedu cluster with this street wise approach,” said special nodal officer J Radhakrishnan.
Radhakrishnan also pointed out that 80% of the cases in the city itself are asymptomatic.
Apart from residential areas, such decongestion measures were adopted for markets too. At the request of civic authorities and police, the Kothawal Chavadi wholesale market was shut down for a week in the third week of May. The market now functions on alternate days since May 25, where in while the market will be open throughout the week, only half the shopkeepers will run business on a given day and take turns.