NOIDA: With the number of Covid cases rising in Gautam Budh Nagar and the neighbouring areas, the district magistrate has urged all residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) to create awareness among people about the vaccination drive and ensure that Covid protocols are followed at public areas.
On Sunday, district magistrate Suhas LY convened an online meeting with more than six RWAs, village, traders and industrial associations, along with the senior police officers and health department officials to discuss steps that can be taken in an attempt to control the spread of the disease.
While the focus was on ensuring that public places and markets do not see crowds, RWAs were asked to encourage residents to take the vaccine and reactivate nigrani samitis to step up vigil. The DM also emphasised on following Covid protocols and asked health officials and RWAs to ensure that residents use the Aarogya Setu app and dispose Covid waste according to protocols.
More than 90 members from the Federation of Noida Residents’ Welfare Associations (FONRWA), Noida Extension Flat Owners’ and Members’ Association (Nefoma), Noida Federation of Apartment Owners’ Associations (Nofaa), Confederation of NCR Residents’ Welfare Association (CONRWA), District Development Residents’ Welfare Association (DDRWA), NGOs, village federations and Apartment Owners’ Associations AOAs) attended the meeting.
Police commissioner Alok Singh, joint commissioner Love Kumar, additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP) Ran Vijay Singh and chief medical officer Dr Deepak Ohri were also present.
“Expressing concern over the recent spurt, the DM urged everyone to help implement the guidelines issued by Government of India and the state government. We spoke to him about the weekly markets where thousands of people assemble and most of them do not wear masks. Following social distancing norms is not possible in such crowded places. We have asked that fines be imposed on people where necessary. CP Alok Singh assured us that police personnel would be deployed in these places and they will also organise awareness programmes for residents,” said KK Jain, secretary general, FONRWA.
He added that they also discussed protocols for the upcoming Holi celebrations. “Several RWAs organise cultural programmes and other events for Holi. This time, many RWAs have said that they are yet to get permits for such programmes. The DM said an online system would be set up and such requests would be looked into,” said Jain.
While health officials have ensured that the testing drive would be stepped up, along with contact tracing, the DM has sought help from RWAs in identifying people coming into the city from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala and other places where the cases are high.
“We discussed how to control the situation in the weekly markets and metro trains. The police commissioner will deploy his teams to generate awareness among residents and ensure that Covid protocols are followed,” said the DM.
Later in the night, the police commisioner initiated an awareness drive through public address systems.