SILCHAR, April 17: The Cachar district administration has decided to tread on the digital path to trace people who violate the social distancing guidelines and are found roaming on the streets sans genuine purpose during the ongoing nationwide lockdown to combat COVID-19 pandemic.
On Thursday, Additional Deputy Commissioner Sumit Sattawan said, "We are working to develop and introduce a web portal that allows people to click photos if they find crowd building on the streets unnecessarily without any genuine cause during the lockdown phase. They can send real time photos to the portal which shall also have GPS coordinates following which our flying squads shall take action against the violators. We are hopeful to introduce the portal in the next two days."
He added that the move to come up with an app based tracking of the movement of people overlooking the necessary guidelines during the lockdown resulted due to some instances wherein it was seen that people were using vehicles meant for emergency services for their random and personal purposes.
"Shops of essential items should open but people must be disciplined. If anything indisciplined is seen, people can send real time photos on the portal. The portal shall help us trace the violators and intensify mass vigilance. The Deputy Commissioner has given clear instructions to the flying squads to maintain strict vigil," Sattawan said.
The ADC also informed that Cachar district is in non-hotspot and non-cluster zone and efforts are being made towards reaching the green zone on COVID -19.
"There is a containment zone around the proximity of the solitary COVID-19 positive patient's residence and we must be cautious that there are no reverse trend of going from white zone which we are placed now among 207 districts of the country to red zone where the rate of COVID-19 outbreaks are high. People must understand that the virus is active yet unseen across the district and a small error in violating the guidelines could take the district to red zone," the ADC said.
It may be mentioned that as many as 21 samples from the persons kept in institutional quarantine in Cachar have been sent to SMCH-COVID-19 hospital for tests.