Mumbai: 'Stop the hordes from visiting Aarey,' say residents

Updated: 23 June, 2020 07:40 IST | Ranjeet Jadhav | Mumbai

Residents of tribal hamlets and slum pockets say too many outsiders have been loitering in Aarey Milk Colony amid a relaxed lockdown

A BMC banner identifies a Containment Zone in Aarey Milk Colony
A BMC banner identifies a Containment Zone in Aarey Milk Colony

Amid increased movement of people due to a relaxed lockdown, residents of Aarey Milk Colony's tribal hamlets and slum pockets are demanding that entry of outsiders be restricted. The number of people visiting Aarey for jogs and walks has increased amid Unlock 1.0.

Tribal residents have claimed that morning and evening walkers will only increase cases in the hamlets, which have seen a lesser number of cases so far.

A tribal in Aarey colony works at his farm. Pic/Satej Shinde
A tribal in Aarey colony works at his farm. Pic/Satej Shinde

A tribal from Aarey, who did not wish to be named, told mid-day, "Ever since the lockdown, our community decided to restrict the entry of outsiders. After the relaxations, we are seeing people visiting Aarey in large numbers. This needs to stop. It will only spread COVID-19 in our area."

According to the civic body's data of COVID-19 cases, Unit Number 32, Adarsh Nagar are the areas in Aarey with the most cases, and from the tribal hamlets, Navpada has the most cases.

Of the 761 Containment Zones in the city, Aarey, which falls under the P South ward, has 13 to 14. These include Unit number 22, Aadarsh Nagar, Unit number 30, Keerti Nagar near Modern Bakery, Unit number 29, Unit number 13, unit number 7 Shiv Shakti Nagar, Unit number 32 near Chota Kashmir, Unit Number 31 opposite Indira Gandhi Research Center, Sarvoday Nagar slum pocket, Unit Number 6 Nava Pada and Unit Number 3.

Balamurugan Subramaniam, a resident of Unit Number 7, said, "Earlier during the lockdown, there were very few cases in the vicinity. However, after the relaxations, cases have increased rapidly. A major reason for this might be that the number of people coming from outside has increased, especially on weekends. Large groups of people loiter in the area. Restrictions should be put to control the situation."

According to sources, there are over 139 cases of COVID-19 in Aarey and around seven deaths so far. The local ward office has also put up banners identifying areas as Containment Zones.

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Approx. no. of Containment Zones in Aarey

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First Published: 23 June, 2020 07:00 IST

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