On Saturday morning, S. Sabapathy and his neighbors in Chintadripet heard the hum of a drone flying over them. Announcements about the importance of social distancing were made at regular intervals.
“Yesterday (Friday) barricades were erected at the end of our street, and we then learned that a person living on the street tested positive for COVID-19. We were advised not to venture out, and no one is allowed to enter our street, ”said Sabapathy.
While restrictions have become an integral part of the daily lives of residents living in security zones designated by the Greater Chennai Corporation, support from the police and officials in their respective areas has helped them get through.
Deliveries with curbs
On April 14, Ananth RamBhaskar, a resident of Kodambakkam, said he had noticed that Corporation employees disinfected the area before barricades were built to seal the street he lives on, which is now a safety zone. “After positive cases were found on our street, the police stopped letting domestic workers and deliverers into the area. We were asked to go to the barricade and collect our groceries there, ”he said.
In several security zones, company officials have ensured that cart vendors selling vegetables are available near the barricades for the benefit of residents.
“There is a small grocery store in our area that has been kept open. Regarding any other important items that we may need, the company officials and staff who oversee our area source them and drop them on our doorstep, ”said V. Rajasekar, a resident of Palavakkam.
The families in his area were advised to stay in the house as much as possible and had followed these rules. “While people can walk on it [sealed] On the street, we especially asked seniors and children to stay indoors. “Mr. Rajasekar added.
As the barricades at the entry and exit points of these streets become pick-up points for parcels, soap basins were installed in several areas. Large posters were posted on the barricades, where police officers are on duty throughout the day, stating that access to the area is restricted.
“While residents have been informed of the protocols that have been introduced, company officials are monitoring the areas that fall under security zones in two shifts,” said P. Akash, deputy regional commissioner (north). Mr. Akash said that the public is encouraged to contact the authorities when they have emergencies. A few days ago, a resident of a security zone had sought medical help for his pregnant wife, and officials in the zone helped him get access to a hospital.
“Each security zone has different challenges, and field level officials play a major role in ensuring that residents’ needs are met,” he said.