Closed-off area in Jadavpur
KOLKATA: Several south Kolkata neighbourhoods, which had managed to stave off coronavirus for the past 40 days, are now on the city’s containment-zone map with fresh cases being reported from them. The affected portions include added areas — both sides of the Tolly canal, EM Bypass and Behala — and some upscale south Kolkata locations, like Lord Sinha Road and Hindustan Park.
In the past 72-hours, containment zones have come up in Baisnabghata, Patuli, Purba Putiary, Haridevpur and Sakuntala Park. Belts that border these areas, like Sonarpur, Harinavi and Maheshtala, have several containment zones.
According to the health department data, there are 24 containment zones in south Kolkata zones between KMC wards 99 and 111. Containment zones have come up in Sree Colony, Brahmapur, Ramkrishnanagar, Ramthakur Sarani in Jadavpur, Purba Putiary, Dinesh Pally, Regent Park, New Santoshpur, APC Park in Patuli and Baisnabghata Lane. There are at least 10 zones in Mukundapur, Ahallanagar, Baghajatin Park, Madurdaha, Chowbaga and Martinpara. The containment zones include some major slum clusters, including Shahid Smriti Colony.
Former councillor of ward 100 Susmita Dam said “There is a case on Baisnabghata Lane. The woman is in hospital but her son is in home quarantine. But there are too many cases in Mukundapur and Patuli.”
Behala, too, has reported a sudden spurt in cases, mainly from wards 128 and 130. “There are reports from Becharam Chatterjee Street and Sakuntala Park. We are closing all the bigger markets and gathering zones within 8km of Joka ESI Hospital,” said Indrajit Bhattacharya, former councillor of ward 143.
A prominent market in Thakurpukur has been shut for the next two weeks after cops found a variety of shops, other than groceries, vegetables, and fish and meat, had opened up. Meanwhile, residents of some localities in Thakurpukur have put up barricades at the entry points to their neighbourhoods to keep outsiders away.