The total employees residential space at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) has been declared a containment zone by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) after 16 Covid-19 instances have been reported there.
Over the previous two months, seven SGNP workers examined optimistic whereas the remaining instances have been of relations and neighbours who had contracted the Sars-Cov-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, over the previous few weeks, stated SGNP officers.
So far, one loss of life has been reported over the past week of May from Dam pada, situated near SGNP’s boating space. On May 8, the world was declared a containment zone – the primary one contained in the nationwide park.
“The most recent case was reported on Thursday, taking the case count to 16, of which 10 are active. All 10 are at Covid-19 care centres,” stated a senior SGNP official. “Cases are scattered, but we are observing a pattern. Every two weeks, there is one positive case, followed by two to three associated ones. The area is then declared a containment zone.”
A medical officer from BMC’s R-North ward confirmed all the employees colony and hamlets akin to Dam pada, Chinch pada, and Chuna pada inside SGNP, and Damu Nagar in Kandivli, Appa pada in Malad, Mulund’s Khindi pada and some extra areas alongside the park’s periphery have been declared containment zones.
Though the park has been shut for guests since March 18, BMC has positioned an indication at SGNP’s entrance cautioning residents about containment zones contained in the park.
SGNP has over 2,000 households with near 35,000 tribal residents dwelling throughout 56 hamlets.
SGNP assistant conservator of forests Sachin Repal stated, “BMC directed us to ensure that all residential areas within the park are identified as containment zones even if there are no cases in the area. This is to ensure no further spread of the coronavirus due to an increasing trend. With help from Mumbai Police and BMC, we are able to provide all essentials, including rations, vegetables, and medicines to residential quarters and tribal hamlets.”
Repal added that each one waste from the residential quarters and hamlets is being fastidiously collected. “We are in close proximity to animals, and open garbage could have adverse effects on wildlife,” he stated.
Meanwhile, all 102 residents of the employees quarters employed in animal care on the lion and tiger safari, and leopard rescue centre proceed to report for work.
“None of them have tested positive or have any symptoms. Regular thermal testing, sanitisation is conducted, and protective equipment is being used,” stated Vijay Barabde, superintendent of safaris and vary forest officer.