Nine days total lockdown in Bhopal’s Kolar, Shahpura areas from Friday 6pm

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Total lockdown in Bhopal's Kolar and Shahpura areas. Representational image.

The Bhopal administration has declared nine days total lockdown in its 7 wards comprising Kolar and Shahpura police station areas from Friday 6 pm. In view of the increasing number Covid-19 cases in Bhopal, the district collector, Avinash Lavania, has imposed nine days total lockdown in ward numbers 80, 81, 82, 83, 84 52 and 53.

According to the district collector, total lockdown will remain in these wards from 6 pm on April 9 to 6 am on April 19. As part of the lockdown, barricades will be erected at Sarvadharam bridge, Daamkheda A & B sector, Jagaran Lake City, Salaiya, Virasa Heights, Dudraswar Shiv Mandir, Shaitan Singh Pal Chouraha near Chuna Bhatti.  

The nine days lockdown affected areas will be Damkheda, Ambedkar Nagar, Banjari, Kanha Kunj, Vineet Kunj, CI Heights, Genhukheda canal, Mandakini, Danishkunj, Banjari C Sector, Mahabali, Sarvadharam, Yashoda Parisar, Virasha Heights, Kolar Main Road, Sankhedi, Ganesh Nagar, Akbarpur, Rajvaid Colony, 610 Quarters, Hinotiya Alam, Rohit Nagar, Aakriti Eco City, Adhishtan, Rudraksh Park, Trilanga, Gulmohar and Shahpura A Sector.

Lavania said that 9 percent of the total population (about two lakh people) of Bhopal City resides in these areas. However, over 40 percent of the Covid-19 infection cases have been reported from these areas. During the nine days of total lockdown, only medical stores will remain open, the collector said.

Medical stores will remain open

The collector said that, after nine days of lockdown, the situation will be reviewed by the administration and will decide whether the lockdown would be extended or not.

Earlier on the day, the Madhya Pradesh government has imposed a lockdown in the urban areas of the state from 6 pm on Friday to 6 am on Monday in a move to control the steep surge in coronavirus cases in the state.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said “appropriate action” will be taken for cities with rising cases after a meeting.

“For cities where cases have increased, appropriate action will be taken after meeting of the crisis management group. We are making containment areas in big cities,” Chouhan said. Over 4,000 people have died in the state due to the deadly disease while nearly 2.88 lakh have recovered.

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