So finally the UrbanClap guy called and said that he will come. Some good news ! But…another call after few hours that he needs to come from Delhi and most of the borders are sealed and no one is being allowed to enter from Delhi to Noida. Back to UrbanClap customer care. They said we will just reschedule it and see if we can get someone from Noida. Rescheduled to 2nd April. Let’s see.
So finally, after multiple tries managed to register a request with UrbanClap for Water Purifier repair. Now there are two parts to it. One that someone actually turns up & two that society guys allow him to enter. Talked to few other local guys around but no one is ready to come because of the lockdown. Though it comes under essential services but you know implementation of things is always messy. Let’s see how it goes.
The situation of labourers trying to reach their homes is really bad. Centre govt has asked the state govts to put all such people under quarantine and arrange for their stay and food. This again is easier said than done. To track everyone who returned from Delhi and then to arrange accommodation and food for them is a mammoth task. We can only hope that it doesn’t turn into a community spread situation.
Number of cases In India touched 1100 today. At this moment, it is not much clear how the trend in coming days is going to be like. Hope it gets controlled. The situation in US, Italy and some other countries is really bad. With similar number of cases in India, it is going to be really really difficult to provide medical care for the critical cases.
Due to the lockdown, the daily wagers and migrant labourers are facing really hard times. They have lost the work and there is no income. The only option they have is to try to go back to their hometowns which they are trying to do. Since most of the public transport is not functional, there is a flood of people at various bus stands.
Authorities should have kept this point in consideration before announcing the lockdown. I don’t think it would have been possible to completely avoid this but still some planning could have helped. Gatherings of people in thousands increase the risk of community spread but what option do they have ? They need food and a place to live to survive. When you have no source of income and no money in the pocket, how are you going to get this ? It makes their lives even harder. This is really sad. Hope things improve for them. Reminds me of this piece of poetry by Sant Ram Udasi (Sung by Jasbir Jassi) – tu maghda rahi ve soorja kammiyan de vihde
On the personal front, the water purified stopped working. The Kent guys aren’t able to provide the service due to lockdown. Need to figure out if there is a way to get it fixed.
But I am just thinking how small this problem is as compared to what my fellow citizens are facing. Reminds me of this tweet of mine (the first one).
So like yesterday, today was also a better day. There were very few announcements. People seem to be getting used to the idea of staying indoors. Also there were 2 policemen on bike followed by an Auto with a loudspeaker fitted atop, giving information about Covid-19 dos and don’ts. They did a round in the society also.
I clicked this in the evening. See the empty streets and the clear skies.