Backing the idea of Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe for another lockdown in city, Mayor Sandip Joshi, however, filed a caveat, saying public representatives should be first taken into confidence to have the desired effect on citizens. Since June 1 after ‘Mission Begin Again’ was initiated by State Government, after easing of restrictions, citizens have failed to adhere to guidelines leading to a spike in numbers of COVID-19 positive patients in the city. Mundhe frowned at continuos aversion on part of some people of wearing masks while in public places.
Also, in markets, the norm of social distancing is being blatantly violated. The failure of citizens to self-discipline has resulted in a sudden spike in novel coronavirus whose infection is spreading. In this backdrop, Municipal Commissioner warned that the administration might have to go for lockdown soon. Mayor said, “Though lockdown is a welcome move, it hurts the poor and daily wagers the most.” In case markets get closed the poor people cannot be left to starve. Hence, he suggested that Mayor and Municipal Commissioner should jointly survey the markets to monitor the situation.
The move would ensure that traders take note of the joint move by political establishment and administration and ensure that they take all necessary precautions at their establishments. This would ensure that there is no need for lockdown in the city.
Further, Joshi suggested that before going for lockdown, if the same is unavoidable, civic administration should hold talks with city police administration, MLAs, MLCs, District Collector, Office bearers of NMC, Members of Parliament (MP), and then chalk out any strategy. It is necessary to formulate a lockdown strategy so that citizens should not face any shortage and not held to ransom. The public representatives would also help the administration in spreading awareness before deciding on lockdown. If these measures fail then lockdown decision should be taken, the Mayor said.
(With inputs from The Hitavada)