Dover Lane was not on the list prepared 10 days ago
KOLKATA: Dover Lane that reported multiple Covid cases on and off in the past two months had managed to keep itself out of the containment zone list prepared 10 days ago. But from last Thursday, a single unit in the area – located close to the 16 number slum and the Central government quarters – has been cordoned off and declared part of the new containment zone. The fact that that it is not the only containment zone – 37 and 37B Garcha Lane near Dover Terrace continues to be on the list – has meant that the virus has been active in the area within a 1km radius.
When TOI visited the Dover Lane containment zone, located close near Gariahat police station, it found that cops were keeping a regular watch with officers visiting the area all through the day. Guard rails have blocked the two-storey house, including the main gate. Neighbours said the occupants (an institute runs from its premises) has been co-operating. “We are worried over the spread of the virus in the locality. Barring a few stray instances, people here are following the rules,” said Abhishek Chatterjee, a chartered accountant.
That the KMC and police are serious about ensuring that the slum – the first to have been hit by Covid a few weeks ago – does not report fresh cases was clear when a mobile clinic team arrived on Panditya Road and carried out random swab tests by setting up a camp on Saturday. “Disinfection of the area is being carried out. Since the area is a mixed zone, controlling the virus in the most densely populated pockets is the biggest challenge,” said a KMC health official. Local councillor, Tista Biswas from BJP, said she was aware of the cases. “I am trying my best but it will be better if the area councillor is kept in the loop while deciding on the containment zone list.”
And, there is a ray of hope. In about a week, no new case has been reported from the area. “We hope for a revision of the tag,” said police.