(This story originally appeared in on Apr 03, 2021).
MUMBAI: The second Covid wave has actually led to the sealing of landmark domestic high-rise buildings in south Mumbai, locking up families within their luxury houses and casting doubt on the sweeping action by the civic corporation.
The current to face action remained in tony Cuffe Parade where the 25-storey A-wing of Jolly Maker-1 consisting of about 100 flats and Maker Tower-B were sealed on Friday. Earlier at Nepean Sea Roadway, Embassy Apartments was secured on Tuesday after 23 cases were reported. “We are following the Covid protocol to seal the entire wing,” said a BMC authorities.
Over 600 buildings in Mumbai are sealed at present, which implies they are in lockdown– nobody enters or out, unless they get special authorization. Even important arrangements need to be provided at the gate. It’s a form of cumulative quarantine for 14 days, a miserable possibility that draws closer whenever another neighbour tests positive.BMC protocol requires sealing the floor of the high-rise when cases are reported. But if cases cross five, the whole structure may be sealed. Ward officers have mainly adjusted their approach. In large housing complexes and high-rises where Covid-appropriate behaviour is followed, they choose to seal off just floorings or areas which are especially vulnerable.In case of the 2 SoBo buildings, action has actually been quick and strict, drawing criticism from homeowners. A Jolly Maker-1 homeowner informed: “BMC pasted a notice at the entrance informing 6 Covid favorable cases, however there is nobody tracking if anybody is being available in or going out.” Jolly Maker-1 is frequently touted as the richest real estate society in India because of its corpus encountering 10s of crores.After sealing Maker Tower-B, BMC health officials took RT-PCR tests of all high-risk contacts. Local corporator Harshita Narwekar said, “This is being done so that homeowners do not need to go through the 14-day quarantine. Only the floorings which have cases can then be sealed.” She admitted that in large societies it is not practical to lock up all homeowners. Near 8,000 buildings in Mumbai have had several floorings sealed when a citizen has actually evaluated positive.