Kashmir: Seven villages in Pulwama declared red zones to prevent spread of COVID-19
Srinagar/UNI: Seven villages in south Kashmir district of Pulwama were declared red zones to prevent spread of ferociously contagious coronavirus, an official said on Monday.
The decision was made in view of a COVID-19 positive patient, a resident of one of the villages, visiting these areas.
Invoking prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC, Disaster Management Act and The Epidemic Disease Act, District Magistrate Pulwama said that there would be no inward and outward movement of any person from the villages declared red zones and the people would stay in their homes to ensure complete lockdown.
He said according to the order Khaigam, Sangerwani, Abhama villages of tehsil Rajpora and Gudoora, Chandgam, Pinglena and Parigam of tehsil Pulwama fall in red zone category while adjoining villages of these tehsils have been declared buffer zones, for the safety and well being of general public.
A person hailing from district who attended a religious congregation at Gudura had tested positive for COVID-19. He had moved to various villages, including his native village Khaigam. ''The order further reads that there would be no vehicular movement on the Pulwama-Chakoora ,Newa - Parigam and Pulwama - Keller road,'' he said.
''The area has become more vulnerable as far as further transmission of the COVID-19 is concerned. It is necessary to break further transmission of the disease in the area and it becomes imperative to take stringent precautionary measures like declaring concerned villages as red zones and other villages of tehsil Pulwama and Tehsil Rajpora as a buffer zone," he added.
The DM directed the officials concerned to ensure supply of essential commodities as per laid down protocols in the villages covering both local residents and outside labourers and warned of stern action against anyone who tries to violate orders.