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Kolkata Municipal Corporation launches drive to disinfect areas of mass gathering

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The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) launched a major disinfection drive for roads, hospitals, bus terminals, housing complexes, markets and other places of mass gathering to minimize the chances of infection from novel coronavirus. The solid waste management department of KMC has joined hands with its parks department for the drive.

While the solid waste management department workers used specially crafted machines to spray sodium hypochlorite solution on the premises of hospitals, housing complexes, market places and bus terminals, the parks department has banked on water sprinklers to clean the city’s major thoroughfares.

The special drive began on Monday from a large housing complex on Panditiya Road. On Tuesday, the civic body brought large parts of south Kolkata under the drive, which started with Chetla market and then covered Alipore Road, Harish Mukherjee Road, Harish Chatterjee Street, Bhowanipore, Asutosh Mukherjee Road, Rashbehari Avenue and Sarat Bose Road among other areas. The disinfection drive ended in central Kolkata, including Chowringhee.

The team also entered SSKM, Shambhunath Pandit, Chittaranjan Seva Sadan, Chittaranjan Cancer hospital during the drive. But, an official said that the civic body’s infrastructure and manpower were not adequate to bring all vulnerable city areas under the disinfection programme within a short span of time.

According to a KMC official, the drive with limited infrastructure has become an uphill task, considering frantic calls from the ruling party councillors requesting for it in their respective wards. He added that the drive would continue for the entire week and include more neighbourhoods.

 

Source: The Telegraph

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