Authorities unsure on closing parks, gardens


Srinagar, Jan 14: As a contemporary wave of the Covid19 pandemic has began to interrupt the erstwhile information in Jammu and Kashmir with every passing day 1000’s of circumstances being reported continuously, authorities on Friday mentioned that no determination has been taken but about closing public parks and gardens within the metropolis.


A senior official of the administration advised Rising Kashmir that groups are ascertaining the rising scenario on every day foundation and any determination concerning the closure of public parks and gardens within the metropolis will likely be taken at an applicable time. He mentioned the authorities who’re monitoring the scenario, are but to take any determination on this regard.


Pertinently Jammu and Kashmir reported 2456 constructive circumstances on Friday as Srinagar district topped the listing with 464 circumstances alone within the Kashmir division. There has been an enormous spike in pandemic circumstances from the final week after which divisional administration re-imposed Covid19 curbs and ordered evening curfew throughout the valley to comprise the unfold.


Besides, teaching centres throughout the valley have been directed to cease the offline instructional actions and impart the syllabus by on-line mode. 


Also, the enforcement groups constituted by the district administration have been placed on toes who make frequent visits in components of the town to implement Covid Appropriate Behavior (CAB). However, stories had been pouring in that Covid19 protocols are being breached in public parks and gardens by guests who pose a grave danger for all the neighborhood in wake of a resurgence in pandemic circumstances.


Director, Floriculture Kashmir, Farooq Ahmad Rather advised Rising Kashmir the division is certain to obey the orders from the district administration and might’t shut any park or backyard of our personal. “We have State Executive Committee (SEC) headed by Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar who is its chairman. He is the authority to take a call on it. Once any order will come from there, we will act accordingly”, he mentioned.

He mentioned in previous when pandemics escalated within the valley, we took a number of measures together with enforcement of Covid19 protocols in letter and spirit. “We didn’t allow then any visitor to enter inside the parks and gardens without following due Covid19 protocol”, Farooq Ahmad Rather advised.


He nonetheless mentioned the circumstances at this level is ‘dissimilar’ as on account of chilly majority of individuals chorus from visiting parks and gardens and like to stay indoors. “Despite harsh weather conditions, the Department has still put all SOPs in place to contain the spread”, he added.


“Department of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) has put several teams at several Mughal gardens and parks. Besides our department also deputed experts there who does not allow visitors to enter inside without wearing facemasks and following other due protocols,” he mentioned.

Besides the Department of Floriculture, Kashmir has erected boards contained in the gardens and parks to divert the eye of tourists in direction of adherence to Covid19 tips, he added.


“There is not any lacuna from our aspect. We are attempting to make sure SOPs in letter and spirit. We have positioned thermal scanners there. 


To a question, the Director Floriculture Kashmir mentioned, “Still any decision regarding closure of gardens or public parks will come from the district administration”, he maintained.





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