Task Force of Senior Officials, including Police Officers, Trained to Enforce SOPs
With normalcy slowly returning to the city, the Greater Chennai Corporation is in no mood to lower its guard even though the daily number of COVID-19 cases has fallen below 150. The civic body has dispatched special teams. led by senior officials to do surprise inspections on weekends in shopping areas, malls, markets and overcrowded places, to force traders and shoppers to monitor wearing masks and maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
Company commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi said officials, in coordination with police, made surprise visits, especially on weekends when there is an increase in visitors to shopping districts. of T. Nagar, Purasawalkam, Ritchie Street, Broadway and some markets.
Comprising officers from the Corporation and the police, task forces visit stores to verify compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the state government to allow only 50% occupancy and advise traders to must have thermal scanners and disinfectants at the entrance to their establishments. .
The task force, led by Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) Vishu Mahajan, along with Regional Deputy Commissioner (Center) Sharanya Ari and Deputy Police Commissioner (T. Nagar) Hari Kiran Prasad visited T. Nagar and interacted with the heads of traders associations. . The senior team inspected the textile and jewelry stores on Saturday. During the inspection, senior officials interacted with traders and advised them to strictly follow SOPs.
Mr Mahajan said the civic body had formed static surveillance teams and posted them to 44 locations, including 20 on Ranganathan Street, Ritchie Street and Purasawalkam and in local markets, 20 in parks and beaches and four teams in fish and vegetable markets. The static surveillance team, which has been operating since July 1, made up of volunteers, would hand out masks to buyers who do not wear them and also raise awareness through the public address system.
The civic organization has 15 mobile enforcement teams, one for each of the 15 zones, but these enforcement teams are diverted to the busy shopping areas of Purasawalkam, T. Nagar and Broadway on weekends.
A senior official said that revenue officials had been strictly advised to impose fines on traders and seal shops only as a last option, as traders had already suffered financially from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The civic organization has asked store owners and business establishments to post signs on their premises indicating that their workers have been fully vaccinated so that shoppers feel reassured.
The civic organization organized vaccination camps exclusively for traders in 20 market areas in addition to special vaccination camps for the public and vaccinated more than 40,000 people.