Police closing the road leading to Poonthura area (File photo)
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that complete lockdown will have to be announced in the coastal areas in Thiruvananthapuram as the COVID transmission rate is very high. This will be declared in the coming days, the chief minister said after the COVID review meeting here.
In order to implement the resistance activities effectively, the coastal area has been divided into three zones. The first zone is from Anchuthengu to Perumathura, the second zone is from Perumathura to Vizhinjam and the third zone is from Vizhinjam to Oorambu. A special system has been arranged in the police force in order to bring the situation in the coastal area under control, the CM said.
Thiruvananthapuram City Police Commissioner Balram Kumar Upadhyay is in charge of the new system. A special control room will be set up for the functioning of control rooms. Health department, police, corporation and panchayat jointly function for resistance activities. All information will be available at the control rooms, the CM made it clear.
Traffic South SP B Krishnakumar is in charge of the area from Anchuthengu to Perumathura. Vigilance SP KE Baiju is in charge of the area till Vizhinjam and Police Training College Principal K L Johnkutty will control the area from Kanjirankulam to Pozhiyur. DYSPs are appointed in all three zones. The Janamaithry police officials also can be deployed for duty.
Two senior IAS officers will be appointed as incident commanders in every zone. Harikishore and UV Jose will be appointed in first zone, MG Rajamanickam and Balakiran in second zone and Venkatesapathy and Biju Prabhakar in third zone. In case of emergency, Divya Iyer and Sreevidya also will be appointed, the CM informed.
Travelling for only emergency purposes will be allowed in coastal areas. The government will take action to make available essential supplies, the chief minister said.
Lockdown restrictions and relaxations
- Shops selling essentials in coastal areas will be open in scheduled hours.
- Restrictions for fishing activities will continue.
- Department of Civil Supplies will take action to distribute rice and food grains.
- Milk processing unit will continue functioning in Poonthura.
- District Disaster Management Authority will announce lockdown protocols separately.
- First-Line Treatment Centres will be set up immediately.