Alipore Road now has as many as five containment zones, equal to Kidderpore in the Port area and Entally in central Kolkata.
“The most important takeaway is that while the city has barely 15 wards that are still unaffected by Covid, the outbreak is now as much a concern for the posh neighbourhoods, standalone buildings, apartments or slums. Hence, even as economic activities resume in a larger scale, it’s important that each one remains vigilant,” said a KMC official. An IPS officer stated how cases have risen in other south Kolkata areas like Sarat Bose Road — at least in two blocks of Lake Gardens and in Bijoygarh.
But, with a new policy in place, which classifies only a big house or a small lane as the containment zone instead of mapping the entire area, both agencies have asked residents to keep themselves updated on the status of their dwelling place through the two websites — Egiye Bangla (Government of West Bengal) and KMC.
Civic sources said testing has been ramped up across the city in the past 72 hours. “We have a healthy testing rate and the random testing is proving to be effective,” said a senior ward coordinator from the Mukundapur area.
The police also explained why status quo is being maintained as far as number of containment zones are concerned. “There have been new cases, but people are recovering too. Total number of containment zones, thus, have not seen any major surge,” said an officer.
Atin Ghosh, a member of board of administrators (BOA) that governs KMC, said special teams were deployed in containment zones.
Meanwhile, with 70% traffic resuming in the city, the traffic police too have decided to change its way in containment zones like Park Circus or Mukundapur. “Besides special night checks, we are also using our CCTVs to find out vehicles moving after 9pm. We are sending them SMSs asking them to explain their movement,” said police.