The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to prohibit pedestrian and vehicular movement on Nehru Bridge that connects Ashram Road with walled city areas from April 8 onwards. The decision has been taken to contain the spread of coronavirus from the hotspots in the walled city areas that have been already cordoned off as a precautionary measure.
Municipal commissioner Vijay Nehra notified the decision on Tuesday warning that violators will have to face legal action under the Indian Penal Code and the Epidemic Act. Although entry on the bridge has been prohibited for private vehicles, government vehicles rendering emergency services will be allowed to use it.
Apart from the Nehru Bridge, the civic authorities have also ordered the closure of the fruit and vegetable market at Kalupur—one of the biggest markets of the city. Notably, the areas of Kalupur, Dariyapur, etc have evolved as hotspots of the virus after multiple cases were reported from these areas in the past few days. Interestingly, the majority of these cases are incidents of local transmission.
Notably, the eastern part of Ahmedabad is connected with the western part through nine bridges, with Nehru Bridge being one of the most important bridges connecting the two.
Meanwhile, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Ahmedabad has increased to 77 after 13 fresh cases of the virus were reported in the last 12-hour. The city leads in the state as far as case incidence and deaths due to coronavirus are concerned. Till Tuesday, five deaths have been reported in Ahmedabad out of the total death toll of 12 in Gujarat.