“We are speaking to residents and locking the main gate only after convincing them,” a GHMC official from GHMC Secunderabad zone said. In Jubilee Hills circle too, individual houses, buildings and apartments were being contained where positive cases were detected. “We sealed the main entrance by barricading it so that people can’t step out of their building. As the movement is restricted, the need to physically lock the building did not arise,” said a GHMC official from Jubilee Hills circle.
For essentials, GHMC officials have pressed into service staff working near the building. They work in shifts. “For the houses contained, the staff will provide round-the-clock assistance, including delivering essentials and medicines at their doorstep. Till quarantine period is completed, people living in the house contained can’t come out,” a GHMC official said.
WhatsApp groups have been created for apartments and localities, which have been contained. Residents, people appointed to deliver essentials and GHMC officials are part of the group. “We are monitoring the groups in our jurisdiction and interacting with residents too,” another GHMC official said.
Posters were being put up outside houses contained, while hands of those in home quarantine were also being stamped. Only in some areas, including Ziaguda and Vanasthalipuram, barricading was put in place in vicinity of the contained houses, the officials said.