BBMP squads to monitor those in home quarantine | Bengaluru News – Times of India
BH Anil Kumar, BBMP chief. (Photo: Bangalore Mirror)
BENGALRUU: With Covid-19 cases spiking across the city, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike on Thursday launched vigilance squads to monitor and enforce home quarantine.
The state has roped in Captain P Manivannan, secretary of animal husbandry department, and BH Anil Kumar, BBMP chief, to steer the squads in Bengaluru. “We have formed 50 vigilance squads and each squad will have 15 members working day and night,” Kumar told TOI.
Squads to track violators
A As per the information accessed from BBMP, close to 5,000 people in the city are under home quarantine and they include primary and secondary contacts of confirmed Covid-19 patients and interstate travellers.
“Our containment measures have become a model at the national level, but the sudden rise in positive cases and deaths is distressing,” Kumar added.
According to data provided by Covid-19 war room, west and east zones are severely affected reporting 144 positive cases and 11 deaths and 161 cases and 13 deaths, respectively.
The squads will track every movement of the person under home quarantine. “Many of those are violating the home quarantine rules. The squads will track those found flouting the rules and crackdown on such people,” Kumar added.
Asked what the crackdown would entail, Kumar said: “Violators will be warned to adhered to the quarantine protocol. If they continue to be callous, they will be sent to institutional quarantine and the cost would be recovered from them. We will register an FIR with the police against the violators.”
The vigilance squads will have officers from revenue, enforcement, health and other wings of BBMP. The squads will be using Quarantine Alert System to trigger alerts of violations on real-time basis. The joint commissioners will immediately swing into action and clear further action by the squads.