SMC decontaminates red zone Lal Bazaar

40,000 ltrs chemical water sprayed: Official; 2 decontamination tunnels made operational at SKIMS
SMC decontaminates red zone Lal Bazaar
File Photo: Aman Farooq/GK

Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Thursday used around 40,000 litre of chemical water to decontaminate Lal Bazar locality which was declared red zone last week following surfacing of several COVID19 cases.

The SMC pressed into service three types of machines – bigtankers, double gun machines and hooper-mounted machines to spray the chemicalin entire locality.

Srinagar Mayor Junaid Mattu said the SMC was using high-techmachinery and drones to sanitize the localities with Quaternary AmmoniumChloride, in view of the COVID19 pandemic.

The SMC teams engaged in the operation were provided allnecessary and precautionary equipment to ensure they did not contractinfection.

SMC Commissioner Gazanfar Ali said the teams carried onsterilization and fumigation of residential houses, commercial andnon-commercial structures, and their premises.

Even the vehicles parked in or outside residential andcommercial structures were sprayed with chemicals.

He said the SMC has incorporated a robust mechanism in thevulnerable areas for decontamination. The SMC is scheduled to carry similardecontamination process at Eidgah on April 10.

At least 14 localities have been declared COVID19 red zonesin Srinagar.

A separate team of SMC carried decontamination process atSMHS hospital's internal isolation ward and mortuary, said the Srinagar Mayor.

Meanwhile the SMC installed and commissioned twodecontamination tunnels at SKIMS here.

The tunnels were installed at two different points to ensureeveryone going in and out of the hospital passes through the tunnels whichspray chemical water to decontaminate every person.

Earlier, the tunnels were installed and commissioned atChest Disease, Lala Ded, SKIMS Bemina, and SMHS Hospitals.

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