City administration, infrastructure, urban resilience, citizen participation and urban planning.
As coronavirus positive cases near the 6000 mark, an immediate end to the nationwide lockdown on April 15th is very unlikely. Instead, states are looking at containment strategies to keep ‘hotspots’ under total lockdown. Here are the basic guidelines from the Ministry of Health that will drive such containment strategies.
Comparing two recent national urban missions, Swachh Bharat and Smart Cities, it becomes evident that local governments that enjoy full devolution of power, in terms of funds, functions and functionaries, can achieve objectives most efficiently. Time to call that into focus, as the nation faces a grave public health challenge and containment zones within cities become key to controlling spread.
Cities and towns in India continue to be the hot spot for the coronavirus infection; at the same time, it is our cities that have the maximum potential to fight this most effectively. Several steps have been taken to utilise the physical and digital infrastructure of the cities creatively to assist in the fight against COVID-19.
Think twice before you share something on social media. Fake claims and warnings may attract imprisonment of up to one year or a fine under Sections 52 and 54 of the Disaster Management Act (DMA), 2005, which has been invoked during the 21-day nationwide lockdown in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus.
The current narrative around COVID in India has established the Centre and states as the main actors battling the pandemic. However, cities have been the epicenters of action and local governments play a pivotal role in mitigating the crisis. And of course, the choices made by citizens are going to determine the outcomes we see in the coming weeks.
The Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, Mumbai has written to the Government of Maharashtra to put in place a comprehensive strategy for controlling the spread of the coronavirus based on human rights principles, strengthening of public health care and mitigation of the adverse impact on the poor and marginalized.