How to check pollution & prevent 2nd covid wave?
Follow thumb rule to control spread
People are not following guidelines issued to control the spread of Covid -19 pandemic. It is utmost important to follow the thumb rule i.e. sanitise hands, wear mask and keep social distance (2 gaj ki duri) at public places. Further, NGOs/RWAs must educate people to control the spread of virus. There is no other cure except to follow the thumb rule.
Col TBS Bedi (retd), Mohali
Monitor air quality regularly
The authorities have become complacent about challaning violators, who do not wear masks or maintain social distance. In this festive time during winters, social distancing at shops, public places and offices has to be maintained. Many people believe that there is no Covid and do not take required measures. The authorities should regularly monitor air quality, find steps to reduce pollution and stubble burning.
Abhinav Kapil, Chandigarh
Scale up virus control measures
Last month there was some relief from Covid cases, which made the respective administrations in the tricity somewhat complacent. People started avoiding masks or observing social distance. The authorities should enforce precautionary measures strictly as surge in Covid-19 cases is expected in the coming months due to the festive season, pollution and cold weather.
KC Rana, Chandigarh
Impose fine for not wearing mask
To prevent the second outbreak of the virus, schools and other institutions must remain closed. Hefty fines must be imposed on residents, who don’t wear masks. Teachers and employees must work from home. Hygienic conditions should be maintained. Home quarantine must be encouraged for asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic cases.
Shobhna Kalra, Panchkula
Use battery-operated vehicles in tricity
Air pollution in the tricity is due to multiple factors. The solution lies in encouraging use of public transport, shared taxis, rental bicycles/electric two-wheelers, battery operated three-wheelers and car pooling. A behavioral change is required among citizens until they realise the gravity of the Covid crisis.
Rajiv Boolchand Jain, Zirakpur
Masses, traders must coordinate
Masses need to act responsibly to avoid the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic during the festival season. One person per house should step out for shopping. Shopkeepers should make WhatsApp groups to display their products and provide home delivery while following protocols. Coordination between shopkeepers and masses can prevent the second outbreak of the virus.
Abhilasha Gupta, Mohali
Take Pledge not to burst firecrackers
It is worrisome that a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is feared in the tricity. People and the authorities should realise the severity of the situation. Residents should pledge not to burst firecrackers. Farmers must stop burning stubble in their fields in the larger interest of the humanity. The government should help farmers monetarily to adopt other methods to dispose of stubble.
Bir Devinder Singh Bedi, Chandigarh
Ban firecrackers everywhere
The second wave of coronavirus is expected due to decrease in temperature and increase in air pollution. The UT Administration banned use of crackers. Unfortunately, the Punjab Government allowed the sale and bursting of firecrackers on Diwali. This would increase pollution manifold and add to Covid positive cases. Better ban firecrackers everywhere.
Wg Cdr Jasbir Minhas (retd), Mohali
Wearing mask should be compulsory
To stop second the Covid wave wearing masks should be compulsory. The authorities should distribute masks free of cost among residents. Social distancing should be a norm. As the tricity has highest educated population rules can be easily enforced in the area.
NPS Sohal, Chandigarh
Don’t venture out unnecessarily
Many people roam on roads, in streets and markets without wearing masks. Coronavirus can be controlled if residents in the tricity take safety measures like wear masks, maintain social distance and sanitisation. Celebrate festivals, but do not venture out unnecessarily.
MR Bhateja, Nayagaon
Life important than celebrations
Covid-19 will not spread if we follow dos and don’t. Life is more important than celebrating festivals or enjoying marriage parties. Nothing will happen if we don’t celebrate festivals. The authorities are allotting spaces to traders in markets, which might spread virus in the tricity. In the prevailing situation Covid cases will trigger. Avoid going to public places, sit home and pray for safe and bright new year ahead.
Opinder Kaur Sekhon, Chandigarh
Don’t lower guard against pandemic
The Administration and the health authorities are warning from time to time to not lower our guard against the pandemic. As there is steady increase in Covid-19 cases due to the cold weather and air pollution, residents of the tricity should heed to their advice. Wear face mask, use sanitiser and maintain social distance religiously. Go to markets when absolutely necessary. Don’t burst firecrackers.
Dr Gurdev Singh, Mohali
Stop burning crop residue
Studies reveal that the people, who live in polluted areas, more likely contract Covid-19. Air pollution harms lungs and increases respiratory diseases. Farmers are burning crop residue, which is causing air pollution. This practice has to be stopped immediately.
Akshar Kumar Singla, Chandigarh
Precaution is only panacea
Everybody dreads the repeat of the coronavirus outbreak. Precaution is the only panacea so far. People should not burst firecrackers. Avoid large gatherings to prevent the transmission of virus. It’s incumbent upon one and all to religiously abide by the new norms. When self-regulation fails, the administrations in the tricity must not be negligent. Moreover, the country cannot afford fresh lockdown.
Lalit Bharadwaj, Panchkula
Ban gathering at public places
Public gathering at public places should be banned in the winter season. Cashless transactions should be promoted. Shopkeepers must wear gloves and masks. Emphasis should be on social distancing and wearing masks. Only precautions can protect us and prevent the second virus outbreak in the tricity.
Anita Tandon, Kharar
Assns must commit to follow norms
The tricity might witness second wave of Covid -19. The pandemic has already affected the health and financial condition of residents. The administration in the tricity should allow economic activities with all guidelines in place. Traders’ associations in the tricity must commit to follow Covid prevention norms in markets.
Avinash Goyal, Chandigarh
All is not well
A Hindi idiom ‘Savdhani hati durghatna ghati’ fits in the present Covid-related situation in the tricity. Day to day activities and rush in market places gives an impression that all is well. Not to mention social distancing people have even stopped wearing masks. They should understand that all is not well and follow norms to prevent the second outbreak of virus in the tricity.
Gobind Ahuja, Chandigarh
Follow safety norms
Every body should follow Covid prevention norms. Do not lower guard against the pandemic. Pollution will aggravate the virus. So, avoid bursting firecrackers during the festive season.
Vidya Sagar Garg, Panchkula
Precautions the only remedy
Second wave of the pandemic may strike again considering the prevailing situation in the tricity. Wear masks, frequently wash hands and observe social distancing till vaccine arrives. Residents should contribute by maintaining cleanliness in their surroundings. Discipline can prevent the spread of the virus.
Bharat Bhushan Sharma, Chandigarh
Do not be complacent
Though the pandemic in the UT seems to be under control, it will take longer to free the city from the dreaded disease. Covid-19 vaccine is still under trials. Under such circumstances, residents must not be complacent with the increasing recovery rate and decreasing positive cases. Rather, they should always keep in mind three letters – SMS – sanitising hands, wearing masks and social distancing for self-protection.
Hardeep Singh Slaich, Mohali
Authorities don’t seem to be worried
If at all the authorities would have been cautious to prevent a second outbreak of virus, then Diwali was the right time. The allotment of huge number of stalls to vendors in Sector 19 and Sector 23 speaks for itself. The MC earned revenue at the cost of residents’ health. Residents should themselves be careful and not burst firecrackers.
Balbir Singh Batra, Mohali
Keep a check on vendors
Give special attention to social distancing at public places and in local buses. Keep a check on fruit/vegetable vendors, who do not follow guidelines. Schools, colleges and other educational institutions should not reopen. People should use sanitisers, wear face masks and keep social distance.
Sumesh Kumar Badhwar, Mohali
The sale and bursting of firecrackers was banned on Diwali in Chandigarh by the Administration. How successful was the ban in the Union Territory?
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