Srinagar, Dec 7: Despite spike in cases, authorities in the summer capital have failed to check COVID Appropriate Behaviour (CAB).
The violations including not wearing facemask and non-adherence to social distancing are going on unabated at public places and in public transport here
In order to ensure that there is no violation of COVID guidelines, district administration Srinagar on Saturday set up CAB enforcement teams for conducting surprise checks across the summer capital.
The surveillance squads set up by district administration are mandated to make necessary market inspections, to ensure all the guidelines issued by State Executive Committee (SEC) and District Disaster Management Srinagar are strictly followed. However, people said that they could not see any exercise from these teams in city center in recent days.
“The violations of CAB are going on in the same manner as it was before a week. There are no enforcement teams visible on the ground. Authorities must wake up before third wave of virus may catch us by surprise,” said Kabir Ahmad, a commuter at Hari Singh High Street.
While pointing out towards congested market, he said that “shoppers and sellers are without facemasks and also not maintaining any social distancing.”
An expert said that negligence demonstrated by people in markets, roads and public transport can “prove disastrous”. “It may also hasten the arrival of the predicted third wave of virus,” he said.
In his appeal to people for following SoPs, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Muhammad Aijaz Asad has earlier said that violation of COVID19 safety guidelines would be an “invitation to third wave of virus”.
An official said that special teams have been set up to check the violations and to take legal action against violators.
After a recent decline, Srinagar district has witnessed the highest number of positive COVID19 cases among other districts in recent past weeks.