New Delhi: As the Capital regains some bit of normalcy after battling with the second wave of Covid-19 which hit the country hard, it now seems to be preparing ahead of the third wave, if the necessity arises.
The biggest issue faced in the past few months was ensuring good coordination and management between state, civic and central agencies. The United Residents' Joint Action (URJA) wrote to Delhi's Lt. Governor and Chairman of Delhi Disaster Management Agency to develop a unified state-level war room.
In the letter, URJA wrote, "Developing a war room (single window) to operate round the clock, which will coordinate with all agencies and functions to resolve the grievance at state with decentralised district/zone/ward levels under a unified responsible command, which is answerable and accountable, is the need of the hour to deal with the likely third wave anytime later this year."
They further added, "However, it is felt that the ease of business to operate under pandemic guidelines is still missing from the government agenda. The same is being suggested to be considered for the smooth functioning of the city under pandemic by the government. State government announces extension of the lockdown week after week and still, it is uncertain of its future repetition. Lockdown means the responsibility of the Police increases to manage, impose rules, monitor and punish the violators."
URJA also recommended several steps to be followed for the above problems and smooth functioning of the city under pandemic by the government. They suggested:
Decentralise the operations: Declaration of decentralised containment zones/ isolation centres/hospital facilities under strict watch and monitoring by local area teams/an the independent agency under coordinated support from the government agencies, private suppliers of medicine, medical equipment, oxygen etc.
Local area plans: District Magistrates of all districts to coordinate with RWAs/NGOs/religious bodies/commercial establishments and organization’s/elected representatives-MP/MLA/MC
Vaccination & testing: An increase in the volume of the services is much-needed side by side with a planned structure.
Guidelines for the operation of commercial establishments, markets, factories, local shopping centres and institutions etc. with reduced, scattered time and staff on a daily basis to enable the economy to get going.
The detailing of the above points was also listed in the letter. The letter explained the need to plan and arrange the state/district/zone/ward resources accordingly and respectively. They are:
Apart from this they also mentioned several challenges, strengths and recommendations, which are listed below: