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Rural borders sealed but still porous


ZP officials status guard at more than a few border checkposts have been observed doing little to assist facilitate stringent no-exits from the city

On April 8, recognising the danger the city offered as a hotspot of COVID-19 cases, to its rural fringes, the Pune Zilla Parishad (ZP) issued an order sealing all access into those portions to keep out the city people. It’s now been about three 4 days because the rollout of the diktat. A visit to any of the checkposts set up is enough to proof that the entries proceed to stay porous, with the officials posted there clueless about their tasks and completely dependent on the discretion of the police officers manning the road.

While the ZP officials brandish a data that round 9 suspected COVID-19 cases have been discovered and sent again from those checkposts to get admitted in town hospitals, motion on flooring convinces one who the number has pop out from simply skimming the skin, slightly than getting to the task to hand with some gravity.

At Khed Shivapur (top L), the ZP staff used to be mostly within the tent; at Sus checkpoint (above) just other people’s temperature used to be checked, and most automobiles have been allowed to move


On the suspicion that many suspect cases might select to escape to their villages to flee quarantine, ZP identified 20 destinations that had to be secure from this invasion. These come with Hinjawadi, Tamhini, Somatne, Lonavla, Khed Shivapur, Malshej and Alephata amongst others. Checkposts have been accordingly set up, with teams deployed in three shifts to keep strict vigil.

This vigilance required intercepting every car passing via, checking the body temperature of the passengers and sending again anyone whose temperature breached 98.7F and sharing the main points of such individuals with the ZP helpline. That apart, every car must be disinfected before being allowed to proceed. The procedure holds for all, no longer sparing VIPs. No illegal access can also be allowed and the surveillance needs to be cranked within the nights, failing which, the staff member can also face motion.

When Mirror staff visited the Khed Shivapur checkpost, the ZP staff used to be ensconced within the tent close to the toll plaza, oblivious to what used to be happening outdoor. The police officers have been slightly random about intercepting the vehicles passing be it two-wheelers or luxury automobiles. From the vehicles stopped, they procured ID cards and made some perfunctory queries, before permitting them to move. Even vehicles full of other people, they enquired why they have been travelling so, however did not anything beyond that, letting them move on their approach. Then, there have been vehicles that refused to prevent when asked to take action, whizzing away.

The checkpost at Khed Shivapur


The ZP staff sitting within the tent used to be slightly nonchalant in regards to the random exams. Asked about no longer doing temperature exams on all passing via, probably the most officials who used to be a primary schoolteacher deployed, shrugged and said, “The vehicles passing are mostly native or on crucial provider. The police officers are dealing with everything. We move to test temperature only if they ask us to. Otherwise, it's their call.”


Having so handed the duty, the teacher also dismissed the efficacy of the temperature check arguing that it generally records a prime when the passengers are out there within the solar however offers a suitable studying after a bit. Finally, excusing their sloppiness the officials contended that it used to be their first day on the task and so they have been playing it through the ebook.

The scene used to be no other on the Sus checkpost. On enquiring, the professional posted there informed, “Temperature is the only criteria. If they don't exhibit prime fever, we allow them to move.”


Speaking on the arrangements made, ZP CEO, Ayush Prasad indexed out, “We’ve appointed two Class-I officers. Each checkpost has some veterinary medical doctors. All our officers have been asked to keep doing rounds of these puts to keep a check on their functioning. We are operating closely with the police. In case, any traveller is located symptomatic they are in an instant sent to the health center for checking. We did to find 9 such applicants.” However, when the bottom reality used to be offered to him, he simply said, “We will paintings towards bettering the device. I will be able to for my part see to it that the implementation is completed correctly.”


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