Unlocking should happen in phases: BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta

CM, Health Minister say lockdown relaxation depends on Technical Advisory Committee’s report

With the decrease in the number of covid cases in the city, the debate has begun on the measures to be taken while unlocking the lockdown on June 7. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is in favour of unlocking the lockdown in phases.

BBMP’s Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta

said on Monday that the lockdown should be unlocked in phases to control covid cases and added that discussions will be held with the government in this regard.

He also said that people need to go back to the way normal life used to be before the lockdown, but it needs to be done in phases

The government is pondering on how to relax some restrictions for this, he added. However, Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said, “The government will decide the relaxation of restrictions based on scientific advice. Once the Technical Advisory Committee submits its report to the government, the matter will be discussed in the cabinet.”

Meanwhile, the BBMP Chief said that arrangements to vaccinate those above 45 years of age and even those above 18 years of age have been made. “We have also made arrangements for the second dose of the Covaxin vaccine at 27 Primary Health Centres. Presently, the number of people needing a second dose of the vaccine is between 10,000 and 20,000 per assembly segment,’’ he said.

Regarding the suspension of spraying organic disinfectants aerially by specially designed airplanes, the BBMP Chief said that some people had expressed concerns about the environment and health issues regarding the matter. “I have asked the people responsible for spraying organic disinfectants aerially to stop until the issues related to the environment and health are cleared,’’ he said.

Earlier, Revenue Minister R Ashoka had launched the disinfectant project on Saturday at the Jakkur aerodrome. The project was developed by Aerial Works Aero LLP and it was decided to spray disinfectants over Shivajinagar, Chickpet and KR Market for three days, Monday onwards, between 8 am and 10 am.

Meanwhile, traders and businessmen from Chickpet want the government to relax norms to allow the re-opening of shops between 11 am and 4 pm as the lockdown has affected their businesses.

“I met our es and explained the need to reopen shops and business establishments in Chickpet. Traders and businessmen are ready to follow the government’s safety norms while reopening,’’ said Sajjan Raj Mehta, a trade activist.

Govt will handle lockdown issues: CM

Meanwhile, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa also confirmed that a decision regarding unlocking the lockdown will be made only after consulting the Technical Advisory Committee.
After a meeting with doctors and nurses, the Chief Minister said that a meeting will be held to discuss lockdown related problems. “Doctors and nurses have told us their problems. The government will do everything possible to meet their demands and fix their problems,’’ he said.

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