Lanes, by-lanes still witness public gatherings

Sun Online Desk

1 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Lanes, by-lanes still witness public gatherings

A number of people are seen walking in the city’s Halishahar area defying the directive for staying at home. — SUN PHOTO

Despite having directive to stay at home and keep social distance to prevent the possible spread of coronavirus, residents of some city areas are yet to be conscious enough about the matters.

The administration and members of law enforcement agencies took different initiatives to ensure social distance in this lockdown period.

But, the risk is running high as the residents are not obeying the government directives.

Mentionable, the government announced general holidays from March 26 to April 4 and later extended till April 11.

Movement of all public transports was also prohibited for the period.

Though the main thoroughfares remain almost vacant, the scenario is different at the lanes and by-lanes of residential areas.

Unnecessary gathering of people remains as common scenario now and it was also put up on social media.

The same scenario was prevailing in the city’s Agrabad, Kazir Dewri, Anderkilla, Cheragi Pahar, Muradpur, Bahoddarhat, Lalkhan Bazar and Jamal Khan areas.

A few shops were seen open in the areas and people who gathered for buying necessary goods remained engage in gossiping.

One Gias Uddin of Kazir Dewri area said they are conscious about coronavirus, but got bored after staying at home for a long time.

"I usually go out for necessary shopping and walk to be relaxed," he said.

Moreover, a large number of people especially from lower-income group were seen on the roads without mask. They were also not maintaining the required distance.

Day-labourer Mostak Ahmed said he has insufficient food items to maintain livelihood.

"I'm looking for work or relief items given by the administration and different organisations. That’s why I am staying outside the home," he said.

Contacted, Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) Commissioner Mahabubor Rahman said they launched different services including home delivery of goods to ensure staying of people at home.

"We are trying to motivate people instead of putting force to maintain the social distance," he added.