MUMBAI: The second Covid wave has led to the sealing of landmark residential skyscrapers in south Mumbai, locking up households inside their luxurious flats and calling into query the sweeping motion by the civic company.
The newest to face motion have been in tony Cuffe Parade the place the 25-storey A-wing of Jolly Maker-1 comprising about 100 flats and Maker Tower-B have been sealed on Friday. Earlier at Nepean Sea Road, Embassy Apartments was locked up on Tuesday after 23 instances have been reported. “We are following the Covid protocol to seal the entire wing,” stated a BMC official.
Over 600 buildings in Mumbai are sealed at current, which implies they’re in lockdown — nobody goes in or out, until they get particular permission. Even important provisions need to be delivered on the gate. It’s a kind of collective quarantine for 14 days, a dismal prospect that attracts nearer each time one other neighbour checks optimistic.
BMC protocol requires sealing the ground of the excessive-rise when instances are reported. But if instances cross 5, all the constructing could also be sealed. Ward officers have largely calibrated their method. In giant housing complexes and excessive-rises the place Covid-appropriate behaviour is adhered to, they like to seal off solely flooring or sections that are significantly weak.
In case of the 2 SoBo buildings, motion has been swift and stringent, drawing criticism from residents. A Jolly Maker-1 resident instructed TOI: “BMC pasted a notice at the entrance notifying six Covid positive cases, but there is no one monitoring if anyone is coming in or going out.” Jolly Maker-1 is usually touted because the richest housing society in India as a result of of its corpus operating into tens of crores.
After sealing Maker Tower-B, BMC well being officers took RT-PCR checks of all excessive-danger contacts. Local corporator Harshita Narwekar stated, “This is being done so that residents do not need to go through the 14-day quarantine. Only the floors which have cases can then be sealed.” She admitted that in giant societies it’s impractical to lock up all residents. Close to eight,000 buildings in Mumbai have had a number of flooring sealed when a resident has examined optimistic.