However, they are not meeting the daily target of 11,000 challans. This can threaten the progress made by people and the government in containing the novel coronavirus, which caused havoc over three months ago.
In the last two days of July, 149 enforcement teams together issued 12,277 challans, a number that has been almost consistent since reopening of the economy was permitted.
The daily Covid-19 cases appear to be slowly increasing. On Sunday, the capital reported the highest positivity rate of 0.12% (85 new cases) in the last 24 days. In some parts of the country, the number of cases is increasing faster, so Delhiites must remain alert and take all necessary precautions.
“The teams are working hard and trying to ensure that all violators are challaned. They are deployed in markets and other crowded places to make sure that enforcement remains at a high level,” said a revenue department official.
The official added that monsoon had affected the overall enforcement action. “On rainy days, crowds in markets and public places are low, which results in fewer challans being issued,” said the official.
North district has deployed the highest number of enforcement teams. These 34 teams issued 973 challans on July 31. The lowest number of 309 challans was issued in South West district, which has only 10 teams. Shahdara district has 12 enforcement teams and they issued 950 challans.
Enforcement has two components — issuing of challans and creating awareness among people about following Covid-appropriate behaviour, like wearing masks properly and not spitting in public. While the district teams are creating awareness, the authorities have also engaged residents’ welfare associations and market associations for the purpose.
Though the districts largely vary in terms of population, population density, concentration of markets and commercial hubs, more manpower can be deployed for enforcement so that a larger number of people follow Covid-appropriate behaviour. Delhi has permitted almost all economic activities, which has led to crowds in markets. In such a situation, laxity in enforcement can lead to spread of the viral infection.