Pitches for disallowing congregational prayers, religious gatherings in City to contain COVID-19
SRINAGAR, Apr 23: The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Mayor, Junaid Azim Mattu has written to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, recommending several measures including disallowing all congregational prayers and religious gatherings in Srinagar to contain the spreading of Covid-19 in the City.
The City Mayor has also recommended closure of the tourist gardens, tourist sites and monuments here to prevent the virus from spreading.
In a letter, a copy of which lies with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) addressed to Lt Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, Junaid Mattu has said that as the second wave of COVID mounts an unprecedented challenge in the entire country including Jammu and Kashmir, he wants to reaffirm the full cooperation of Srinagar Municipal Corporation to the Administration in taking every possible measure to contain the spread of COVID and saving precious lives.
“While the Administration is taking every required step and is monitoring the evolving situation closely, I want to request for the following measures to be implemented in Srinagar City limits to help contain COVID optimally and effectively,” he said.
He said that to contain the Covid-19 it is recommended that disallow all congregational prayers and religious gatherings at places of worship in Srinagar and seeking community consensus and involvement in mounting this challenge together.
“Shutting down all Tourist Gardens, monuments and tourist sites. Making a negative RT-PCR test report mandatory for anyone entering Srinagar by air or through the road routes,” the letter reads.
It reads that shutting down our OPDs at Government and Private Hospitals to reduce the strain on our healthcare infrastructure, better isolate our frontline health workers and allow them a better and safer atmosphere in their valiant fight against COVID. “All emergent cases can be treated at Emergency Wings and designated COVID centers at the hospitals.”
“Ceasing all elective, non-emergent procedures and surgeries at the hospitals till the situation improves and vaccination rates go up. Surgeries and procedures for emergent and terminal patients should be prioritised,” it reads.
It reads a 50 percent attendance roster on rotational basis at all essential services, Government and Public Offices. “A 33% attendance roster on rotational basis at all non-essential-services Government and Public Offices.”
It reads that a 33% attendance roster on a rotational basis for teachers of Government and private schools (those that continue to seek presence of teachers for administrative and curriculum dissemination purposes).
“A 33% rotational regulation for vendor-markets and flea-markets in Srinagar – regulating crowds that throng these markets. The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) had initiated a regulation of these markets during the first wave of COVID and I’m of the firm opinion the same needs to be replicated now without any delay.”
The letter further reads that the constitution of a multi-agency field task-force to enforce COVID guidelines (Mask-usage, physical-distancing and restrictions in outdoor and indoor gatherings) as issued by the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) with a strong law-enforcement liaison.
“Deployment of Reserve Battalions of Jammu and Kashmir Police to enforce adherence to COVID guidelines should be considered for this initiative.”
It reads that a comprehensive, multimedia and multi-pronged community awareness campaign with door-to-door initiatives to ensure maximum possible success of the COVID vaccination drive
Mattu said that he will extend his full support and that all of his fellow Corporators across partisan lines to the Administration’s efforts to fight an unprecedented challenge in battling COVID and minimizing its spread in Srinagar and the Union Territory at large—(KNO)