No SOPs followed while using public transport, attending weddings
Srinagar, Sep 13: Despite surge in COVID-19 cases, people seem least bothered about following the protocol while using the public transport and organizing the wedding ceremonies.
People are seen boarding the vehicles without maintaining social distance. The COVID-19 protocols are being violated openly too under the very nose of the authorities.
A commuter said, “The overcrowded mini buses and Tata Sumos could be seen plying everywhere. It’s unfortunate that we do not understand the gravity of the situation and have resumed our lives believing that nothing will happen.”
He said, “One can understand that transporters have suffered massive losses during the COVID-19 times but that doesn’t mean that for making up their losses they will put the lives of people at stake.”
He said that enforcement agencies should act and ensure that these violations are stopped forthwith. “Officials cannot just turn a blind eye towards these violations and allow transporters to have a field day.”
On the other hand people during the past month have been organizing “fat weddings” and it seems there is no one who can tell them that holding large gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic could prove deadly. “When the lockdown was lifted that time administration had set the limit of 30 to 50 people for a marriage party. But that’s not happening. Hosts are inviting people as per their wish and will,” said a senior citizen.
He said that the COVID-19 cases increasing at an alarming rate should have opened our eyes and we should have become more careful and cautious. “But it’s hardly making any difference. We are not following the SOPs. We are putting our lives and the lives of other people at stake by behaving irresponsibly. Fear seems to have disappeared. All of us should bear in mind that we cannot take this virus for granted. It has behaved in a very erratic way during all these months.”
The senior citizen said, “People should bear in mind that weddings can be held simply and this is not the time to throw ostentatious parties.”
An official while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “Administration is trying its best to help the common man. But people have to help themselves and take precautions. As far as the overloading in public transport is concerned, the officials have been directed to take strict action against the transporters who are violating the SOPs.”
He said, “We are looking into the reports about wedding parties witnessing gatherings. Appropriate action will be taken against the people who are inviting more than the permitted number of guests.”