No classes learnt from first two Covid waves in Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Company limits, declare residents | Mumbai information

With Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Company (KDMC) having the one two Omicron instances within the district and being the worst-affected suburb within the Mumbai Metropolitan Area (MMR) within the earlier two waves, specialists and residents declare that no classes have been learnt but.

Whereas KDMC continues to check much less, there may be additionally no crowd management as individuals proceed to roam round with out masks, declare the residents.

The dual cities of Kalyan and Dombivli have been the worst affected in Thane district within the first and second waves of the Covid pandemic. Regardless of instances growing in each cases, individuals continued to flout norms and attend social features in massive numbers, giving rise to cluster instances.

This month, with two Omicron instances within the district from these two cities, the authorities claimed to have swung into motion whereas the residents claimed in any other case.

“The place are the preventive measures that must be taken to make sure the instances don’t shoot up within the coming months like we noticed within the first two waves? There are bulletins about performing upon these not sporting masks and crowding. Nonetheless, there is no such thing as a implementation. There isn’t any monitoring on marriages, occasions and retailers within the metropolis. There’s a want for simpler preventive measures at once,” mentioned Sajita Nair, consultant of Alert Citizen Discussion board, Kalyan.

“A standing test on the crowded station space itself is sufficient to perceive whether or not KDMC is ready to impose measures to curb the unfold,” Nair added.


KDMC reported its second case of Omicron on Friday whereas the studies of the three shut contacts of the contaminated are awaited. A forty five-year-old Nigeria returnee examined constructive for Omicron in Dombivli on Friday, a day after he examined unfavourable in Covid RT-PCR check. He was discharged after being in quarantine for 15 days and would proceed to be in residence isolation for one more week. Earlier this month, a 33-year-old South Africa returnee examined constructive to Omicron, marking the primary case in the whole Maharashtra state.

Earlier, when the primary case of Omicron was reported in Kalyan, the KDMC chief, Vijay Suryavanshi, had warned the residents of Kalyan-Dombivli of strict motion if discovered with out masks in public locations. Nonetheless, residents declare that there is no such thing as a such strict step taken.

“Even at present, the retailers within the crowded locations of Kalyan-Dombivli have shopkeepers with out masks. There isn’t any disinfection occurring within the metropolis. These are the fundamental measures KDMC ought to take up,” mentioned Sangeeta Lal, 40, a resident of Tilak Chowk, Kalyan (W).

Residents additionally claimed that there are not any disinfection drives undertaken now-a-days by the KDMC in public locations.

“Throughout the early months of the pandemic, KDMC was specific with the spraying of disinfectant in public locations. Nonetheless, there are not any such measures undertaken now. This implies KDMC is taking it with no consideration now,” mentioned Rohit Talreja, a 36-year-old shopkeeper on Kalyan station street.

In the meantime, the KDMC well being division has claimed that to sort out the suspected Omicron instances, the civic physique is strictly imposing 14 days’ institutional quarantine for them. On the similar time, as a substitute of relying on the travellers’ listing offered by the State Authorities, the civic physique can also be checking for such travellers throughout their door-to-door survey.

“We’re following the strict 14 days’ institutional quarantine for the suspected Omicron instances. On the similar time, our well being employees are checking if there are overseas returnees who aren’t listed within the listing offered by the State. The 45-year-old man was discovered through the vaccination door-to-door survey. That is serving to in early detection,” mentioned Dr Pratibha Panpatil, epidemic officer, KDMC.


The KDMC has ready a devoted part for the Omicron-suspected instances on the Artwork Gallery Covid Centre in Kalyan with a 55-bed facility. As per the KDMC, these beds will be elevated if there are extra instances within the coming months.

The Covid testing carried out by the civic physique is round 1,500-2,000 each day, which is low because the civic physique did round 5,000-6,000 checks earlier through the second wave.

“There’s additionally a necessity for finishing up random testing at market locations, station areas for distributors, shopkeepers and hawkers. Lack of coverage for testing and vaccination of poor individuals can also be a significant matter of concern. Testing and phone tracing must be carried out methodically space smart,” mentioned Nair.

“The testing is low because the variety of each day Covid instances has gone down tremendously with 10-20 instances reported each day. With this, the contacts are additionally much less,” mentioned Panpatil.

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