Updated: April 24, 2021 9:27:19 pm
As Covid-positive cases are surging in the industrial city of Pimpri-Chinchwad, cosmopolitan upmarket areas like Pimple Sudagar, Pimple Gurav and Wakad have emerged as the new hotspots.
As many as 91 cooperative residential housing societies have been sealed in these areas, which fall under “D” zonal office of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. These areas registered four deaths in two families, which stunned the residents, leading to call for imposition of stricter measures.
At 4,350, the “D” zonal office has the highest number of active Covid-19 cases. The “B” division with 3,755 cases and “G” with 3,226 are the other zonal offices with highest number of active cases. The total actives are over 22,000 in the industrial city.
Pimple Saudagar, Pimple Gurav and Wakad areas are dominated by people from outside Pune city and PCMC limits. Most of them work in Hinjewadi IT park.
Sushma Shinde, who heads the “D” zonal office of the PCMC, said the Covid-19 cases had been rising from February end when there were no restrictions on the movement of people. “After the imposition of restrictions, the cases have not surged like they were in the past,” she said.
As a result of the restrictions, Shinde said, they had set up as many as 1,500 micro containment zones, which were the highest in the industrial city. “The containment zones have now come down to around 500, which shows the cases have also come down,” she added.
In all, 91 residential societies remain sealed in areas under “D” zones. “The maximum residential societies sealed are in Pimple Saudagar, Pimple Gurav and Wakad area,” Shinde said.
Shinde said in sealed societies, there are restrictions on the movement of the residents without valid reasons. “Except for those involved in essential work and those having medical emergency, the movement of people is restricted. Families that have Covid-positive patients are not supposed to step out,” she added.
Though places like Pimple Nilakh, Punawale and Tathawade also come under the “D” zonal office, Pimple Saudagar, Pimple Gurav and Wakad have maximum number of sealed societies. “Any society with more than five cases is sealed,” she said.
Shinde said they have increased testing and are taking action against those not violating Covid norms. “Our officials are taking action against those found to be not wearing masks and violating other Covid norms,” she said.
Pimple Saudagar Corporator Nana Kate said, “One of the reasons behind increased positive cases is awareness among people. If a person tests positive, 20 or more people, who came in touch with him/her, are immediately testing them.”
The “G” zonal office has the second highest number of cases. It includes places like Pimpri, Rahatni and Thergaon. “We are also targeting super-spreaders like shopkeepers, vegetable vendors and hawkers,” said Srinivas Dangat, who heads the “G” division office.
A retired PCMC officer and his younger brother died early this month in Pimpri area. “Both my uncles were infected with Covid. One of them had co-morbidities. Both died while undergoing treatment,” said Nehul Kudale.
The other two deaths rocked Pimple Gurav area, where a man and his son-in-law died.
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