The first day of lockdown in Karachi which was on Thursday at 7 pm failed as the authorities were not able to effectively close down the areas marked as hotspots for the novel coronavirus, as markets and streets remain crowded with people until late night.
Areas like Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, North Karachi, Lyari were supposed to be closed down by 7 pm but they remained open until 9 pm and some areas were open till late night being crowded with people.
The deputy commissioner of all six districts was required to implement a smart lockdown by 7 pm on Thursday in their respective area for two weeks.
Based on the notification announced by the commissioner office a complete lockdown was to be imposed in the streets and localities of the specified areas until July 2 on the recommendations of the Sindh Health Department.
Areas under lockdown:
The areas that should be under lockdown include:
In District Korangi Korangi Town’s UC-2 Makhdoom Bilawal, Qayyumabad A and B, Allahwalla Town, Nasir Colony, P&T Colony and Darrusalam; Malir Town’s Uc-1 Moinabad Phase 3, S1,35/3 Model Colony, Jaffar Bagh, and Nashtar Square; Landhi Town’s UC-9 36-B Area Near Street Rehmania Masjid, Awami Colony, The Imambargah Wali Asar area and the Power Hoise area; in Shah Faisal Town UC-7 Millat Town, Al-Falah Society, Malir Halt, UC-9 CAA Colony, Cantt Bazaar and Old Iqbalabad.
In District South UC Karachi Cantonment’s Bizerta Line and Doli Khata; UC Kharadar-3’s Lea Market; UC Saddar-8’s Burnes Road; MA Jinnah Road; main Saddar; Urdu Bazaar; UC Phase-VI’s Khayaban-e-Badar and Muhafiz; and UC Lyari’s Agra Taj 2 and Bihar Colony.
For District East Gulshan Town’s UC-1 Muhammad Ali Society, UC-2 Bahdurabad and Block 14, UC-4 Essa Nagri, UC-6 Block-13 (A&C), UC-7 Gulshan-e-Jamal, UC-8 13-D/II, UC-9 Block 7, UC-10 Blocks 14, 15 and 11, Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block-2, UC-12 Sachal Goth and Rabia Petal, UC-13 Safoora, UC-14 Rufi Lake Drive Inn and Gulistan-e-Jauhar Blocks-13; Jamshed Town’s UC-6 PECHS Black-2 Tariq Road and Block-6, UC-7 PECHS Block 2 and Block 6, UC-8 Balti Mohalla, UC-10 Martin Quarters and Fatima Jinnah Colony, UC-11 Jamaat Khana, Jehangir Road Quarters No.2, Jehangir Road No.1 Teen Hatti and Bijli Ground and UC-12 Solider Bazaar and Numaish.
In District Malir UC-1 Muzaffarabad’s D-Area, the main commercial market road from a 50-bed hospital to 52 Wing Pakistan Rangers, Old Area, Jacob Line, Majeed Colony Sector 1 and 2, Muzaffarabad Rehri Road, main market from Hospital Chowrangi to Hussian Chowrangi, UC-3 (Cattle Colony) Road No.9, complete commercial market area, Gulshan-e-Hadeed commercial markets of Phase 1 and 2, UC-3 Dawood Chowrangi to 89 petrol pump, UC-4 Quaidabad, Gosht Gali, Murgi Khana, Majeed Panwala area near the mobile market and UC-5 Jaffer-e-Tayyar’s Jinnah Square commercial market.
In District Central Gulberg, selected streets of Joharabad, North Karachi Sector 11-E, and selected streets of Anarkali Market.
SOPs to be followed:
Different SOPs are to be followed by the people who are in the area under smart lockdown. The SOPs they need to follow include:
Only grocery shop, convenience stores, and pharmacies to remain open in the lockdown. They are only allowed to be open between the specific time which is allowed by the provincial government. All other businesses are to be strictly closed without any exception and all industrial units in the areas are to remain closed.
Home deliveries and takeaways from restaurants and fast food joints are also banned in the lockdown areas.
Only one person of every household will be allowed to buy food items and medicines by displaying their CNIC to the law enforcers on duty and only one attendant where extremely necessary will be allowed with a person in need of medical care.
Private and family get-togethers are strictly forbidden in homes. Joy rides are also banned in such areas and residents need to have a valid reason for going out of their home. Pillion riding is strictly banned in these areas.
All public transports including rickshaws, taxis, and ride-hailing services are banned from thee areas. The government based on the notification will make every effort to provide ration to the needy residents in these areas through different organizations and by their services. They will also be efforts made to provide mobile dispensaries and mobile utility stores in those areas.
Karachi Commissioner Iftikhar Shallwani has directed all deputy commissioners to provide logistic support to carry out the smart lockdown in close coordination with the health department and the law enforcement agencies.
The deputy commissioners are also required to ensure a proper Smart Lockdown security plan in coordination with the respective deputy inspectors general of police. The deputy commissioners will also take on board the district chairmen, the district municipal corporation’s chairmen of UCs, members of peace committees, and renowned philanthropists of the localities. Under the directives of the home department, the deputy commissioners can also provide penalties to those violating the lockdown.
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