Entire Pune declared a containment zone
PUNE: The combined metropolitan area of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad was declared a containment zone late Sunday and sealed till April 27, making the twin cities with a total population of over 7.5 million the first in India to be entirely locked down.
The move came a day after Maharashtra deputy CM Ajit Pawar announced stricter implementation of lockdown measures in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad for the next eight days, beginning Monday, following a meeting with the Pune’s divisional commissioner and other senior district and police officials.
Areas with a concentration of Covid-19 cases have been declared containment zones across states, but no city barring Pune has so far been sealed in its entirety.
With all border entry and exit points in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad sealed, movement of even vehicles exempted from the order will be controlled. The exemption list includes essential goods transport and services.
Thirteen of the 15 civic wards in Pune had been classified as “red zones” since April 10 and the other two as “orange zones”. The Pune Municipal Corporation will conduct an extensive Covid-19 screening drive in the entire sealed area over the next eight days. There will be restrictions on business hours of shops, banks and other establishments. Pune police will issue an order mentioning the timings on Monday morning, sources said.
In Pimpri Chinchwad, municipal commissioner Shravan Hardikar said employees and vehicles of the municipal corporation, police and state and central go nment departments involved in Covid-19 prevention are exempted from the order along with essential services.
All banks must keep their branches open on weekdays from 10am to 2pm. ATMs must be functional, too.
Retail sale of milk, vegetables, fruits will be allowed from 10am to 2pm at designated places. Home delivery of vegetables and fruits will be allowed only after obtaining prior permission from the civic body. All hospitals, dispensaries, clinics and medicine stores will function normally.
Udhav Thackeray can not manage the situation. Under him, the State is deteriorating fast. God save Maharashtra.
The very very strong Corona spread in the state shows that Uddhav is very very weak!
This is the worst time for a state to have a CM without any administrative experience.
Uddhav has been the worst CM Maharashtra ever had.
More chaos and uncertainty ahead. Brace yourselves dear punekars. Take care !
Pune's time is over.
All of us are incarcerated further due to the careless congregation of radicals in Delhi
It's like Punish the people for following lockdown.
late but welcome steps... should have been done much earlier
A little ease in lockdown will be disastrous at this juncture, in fact lockdown should be further increased proportionately.
just sealing the entire city is not solution...Still many areas are lacking facilities. May god bless peoples of India.
If we have locked down international airport in first week of February .the situation would not have arise for lockdown in country.corona started on December 2019 .we should have closed international airport in February.
Dear mr. Udhav takhare please leave politics aside and join hands with central go nment to tide over this situation. Your political partners are fools and will think of themselves only.
Avid Evarist DAlmeida
Udhav is one oh the best CM we have. He is doing his best and the people oh maharashtra should stand United and support him in this fight against covid19
I am surprise , these step are already been taken by many state go nment , what where they doing till know
Even Mumbai may soon be declared containment zone
It's a futile exercise. Such prolonged lock downs will suppress the growth temporarily. Once the lock down is over, it will flare up. Are you prepared to stay in such condition for one year ?
U C Sharma
You are talking like PAPPU.
vempati Ratna Joshi
Indian cities are a kind of slums with high density in population .
In fact, India has already been in STAGE 4 for some time now. ( STAGE 4 : Disease takes shape of an epidemic with no clear endpoint. )
This should have been done earlier in Mumbai also
Some People will be disciplined only after strict actions. Army may be called if required to control lockdown violators
Avid Evarist DAlmeida
Maharashtra CM Udahav has been doing an excellent work of controlling the covid19.. he was the first to declare lockdown. omment trying to blame udahav. We have the best CM in maharashtra.. god bless him
Maharashtra CM is doing a very pro-active job. Not hiding anything.
Good move, this way we will get free early from this virus
HALF OF MUMBAI WILL BE WORRIED SINCE PUNE IS ACONTAINMENT ZONE.
Pune fully is worried as mumbai is the most affected city with the highest cases, so don't worry about us heal yourself 1st..