Kohima: As the week-long total lockdown in Kohima municipal areas began on Saturday, the busiest streets and markets of Kohima wore a completely deserted look as all business establishments closed down and movement of people remained prohibited.
After residents of Kohima appealed the state government to impose total lockdown in the district, the Kohima District Task Force (DTF) after its emergency meeting on Thursday decided to impose a total lockdown in the municipal areas.
The Deputy commmissioner of Kohima passed the order to impose complete lockdown to enhance active surveillance, to ensure more comprehensive contact tracing, early detection of suspected cases and to slow down the chain of transmission and containment of COVID-19.
Police sources informed that there has been no lockdown violation in Kohima town on Saturday. The police sources also said that the local youth bodies in different areas, in close coordination with the police has also been manning the entry and exit points of the respective localities to monitor non-essential movements of people and vehicles.
At the entry-exit point at Naga Bazar Colony of Kohima town, EastMojo spoke to the youth president who revealed that prior to the total lockdown in the municipal areas, the area panchayat decided to impose a total lockdown in the whole of the colony on July 20 to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
On July 19, the district administration had partially sealed the Naga Bazar Area as containment zone after two COVID-19 cases were detected in the area. However, the area authorities imposed a total lockdown in the whole area and sealed it.
Speaking with EastMojo, Khrieketoulie Kintso, president of Naga Bazar Youth Organization (NYO), lauded the DTF’s decision to impose a total lockdown in the Kohima municipal areas.
“The government has taken a very good step. We can hardly see people on the streets. It also shows that if we stay home, it will for the best of everyone. I encourage all to stay home and stay safe,” Kintso said.
He said that the imposition of the lockdown will “very effective” contributing in containing the virus and preventing spread in the community.
In the area, volunteers are engaged in manning the entry and exit points on a rotational basis to monitor movement of people entering of leaving the area. He said that this was done in order to to conatain the spread of the virus in the locality. He added that the they have also been assisting the surveillance teams in contact tracing.
“We cannot do much beyond our colony. But we are taking the smallest preventive step with the hope to try and save the residents in our colony by imposing lockdown on our own authority to contain the virus,” he added.
As reported earlier, all public movement are prohibited, except on rare Medical Emergencies and all categories of shops are directed to strictly remain closed during the total lockdown period, except for pharmacies outside the sealed area.
Religious places are to remain closed and movement of all commercial and private vehicles are prohibited, except for unavoidable medical eEmergencies.
The inter-state, inter-district and inter-village movement has also been restricted, although movement of medical emergency cases and essential goods and services with proper measures in place are allowed.
Exemptions for district administration, police, paramilitary/Army, medical, Chief Minister’s Office, Raj Bhavan Staffs, Treasury, Prisons, Kohima Municipal Council, PHED, Power, NIC, DIPR, NSDMA, Fire & Emergency Services, HG & CD, Food & Civil Supply, Social Welfare, IT&C, AIR, Doordarshan, Media, Medical hospitals, Clinics & Nursing Homes, BSNL & Private Telecom services, Internet service providers, Banks with minimal Staffs & ATMS, petroleum outlets & LPGs, Quarantine Centres, Bethel Kitchen, persons/patients with Medical Emergencies and those person/individual involved in authorized Covid-19 related duties have been made.