Principal Correspondent :
Indoor halls in the district are locked since June 28 when the authorities projected the threat of Delta plus variant-triggered third wave of the coronavirus pandemic. But since then there is continuous decline of coronavirus cases.
NEWLY-APPOINTED District Collector Vimla R has requested Maharashtra State Government for further relaxation in timing of restrictions and shifting Nagpur from Level 3 to Level 1. According to the letter from District Disaster Management Authority addressed to Chief Secretary, Maharashtra, the local authority has requested restarting of indoor sports activities also. Indoor halls in the district are locked since June 28 when the authorities projected the threat of Delta plus variant-triggered third wave of the coronavirus pandemic. But since then there is continuous decline in coronavirus cases and positivity rate in the district. According to data available with the local authorities, the COVID-19 cases are on decline since last three weeks. The positivity rate as on July 19 was 0.34. As on Tuesday, there were only seven positive cases in the district which had only four from city.
There were no deaths reported on Tuesday, according to the data issued by the authority on Wednesday. Sports organisers, specially badminton coaches are requesting the authorities for repoening of indoor halls. They have written letters to Guardian Minister, Collector, Municipal Commissioner, Mayor and former Chief Minister requesting their intervention in the ‘serious matter’. The coaches claim they are on the verge of starvation due to closure of indoor halls where they impart coaching to budding players. Their income has dried up for past one and a half year and it was high time their genuine demands were heard. After a series of meeting between the top officials, District Collector Vimla R has requested State Government for relaxation in timing for sports activities, specially opening of indoor halls in the evening hours too (6 to 9 pm).
A meeting with Guardian Minister Dr Nitin Raut was held on Monday where discussions on relaxation of timing was held. As per the letter, a request has been made for indoor sports activities to be permitted from 5 to 9 in the morning and 6 to 9 in the evening. At present, only outdoor activities are allowed but with a curtailed timing. Earlier, outdoor sports activities were allowed from 5 pm to 9 pm. But from July 4, it has been reduced by an hour (6-9 pm). Meanwhile, there is no change on the stand on opening of swimming pools and they stay closed till further orders.