Crowd Concern: Sub-Registrar offices turning out to be COVID hotspots
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Crowd Concern: Sub-Registrar offices turning out to be COVID hotspots

May 4, 2021
  • People continue to flood markets and public places

Mysore/Mysuru: The mandatory COVID-19 protocols are going for a toss every day in Mysuru despite lockdown-like measures, causing concern. 

These crowds, with barely any mask and no social distancing can prove to be super-spreaders. In fact, crowds, in their enthusiasm to purchase essentials, are tending to forget that the virus is lurking amidst them. 

Incidentally, the Supreme Court yesterday asked States to ban super-spreader events involving large crowds to check the spread of COVID. The Court asked the Centre and States to ensure protocols are followed even in small markets and shops.  

Ironically, the Sub-Registrar’s offices — a Government set up — in Mysuru might turn out to be a COVID hotspot as on an average, over 7,000 people visit the offices and people have not taken the Government advisory seriously and continue to visit the offices for sundry non-essential works. Here too, COVID protocols are given a go-by under the very nose of senior officers who are supposed to enforce rules. 

At all streets of Mysuru, people are found moving unnecessarily even after the daily curfew is implemented after the six-hour purchase window from 6 am to 12 noon. Though the number of positive cases and casualties are increasing by the day, Mysureans are moving around as if everything is normal. For the convenience of general public, Government has allowed opening of grocery stores and milk booths. But in the name of purchasing essential items, people are often coming out of houses and moving around needlessly.

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Most of the people were seen driving on the streets by pasting printed paper sheets such as ‘On Emergency Duty’, ‘ Medical Emergency’, ‘Essential Work’ and the likes on the windshields of their vehicles, especially cars. The metal barricades put on the main roads and important circles are of no use as they cannot restrict unnecessary movement of people. People are usually seen in Central Business District and wholesale vegetable markets without following safety protocols.

No protocols at Sub-Registrar offices

Over 7,000 people visit the Sub-Registrar Offices in Mysuru every day for registration and sale of properties, marriage registrations and other related works. There are 14 Sub-Registrar Offices in the district, including five in city. 

The five Sub-Registrar Offices in the city are at — Mysuru East (Dr. Rajkumar Road), Mysuru West (near Vijayanagar Water Tank), Mysuru North (Mini Vidhana Soudha), Mysuru South (Ramakrishnanagar) and MUDA Office. There are nine offices in the district — T. Narasipur, Bannur, Nanjangud, K.R. Nagar, Mirle, Periyapatna, Bettadapura, Hunsur and H.D. Kote.

At present, on an average, 30 to 40 property registrations are being carried out in each of these offices every day and the numbers have not come down even during the on-going COVID Curfew. For each property registration, a minimum of 10 to 15 members would crowd the counters and there is no semblance of social distancing even inside sections of the offices. 

It is mandatory for buyers, sellers and the signing witnesses to wear face masks while entering the office. Besides, everyone entering the office will have to undergo thermal screening. But none of these precautionary measures are followed at any office. 

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Both buyers and sellers have to remove their masks while taking photographs and provide their thumb impression — particularly during property registrations — and this would certainly increase the risk of  transmitting infection.

At present, negative RT-PCR report is not mandatory for persons visiting these offices. Even if an employee gets infected, the office would be sealed down for just one day. According to guidelines issued by the Government, the office should be sanitised and all activities should resume from the next day. This is not followed. According to reports, eight employees of Mysuru (North) Sub-Registrar’s Office located near Mini Vidhana Soudha have already tested positive for COVID-19. 

3 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Crowd Concern: Sub-Registrar offices turning out to be COVID hotspots”

  1. Shanky says:

    Greed. Pure Greed

  2. Mohammed Khasimi says:

    Awesome. You cannot blame Nehru, Gandhi Parivar, Pakistan, Musalmaan, Aatankwaad etc so blame the people themselves.
    When will the media start reporting the truth?
    What has government done apart from imposing lockdown?
    Who will question the government for lack of oxygen? Shortage of vaccine?
    How long we are going to live under this on/off lockdown?
    What is the definition of “essential”? For SOM, distribution of the paper is essential but for me it is absolutely irrelevant. So who is going to define “Essential”?
    Sub-Registrar Offices are flooded by people and it is wrong. What about the lack of facility in these offices? What about the presence of “essential” people (namely brokers) who have nothing to do with the registration except for getting the “things” done? Registration of one property takes around 45 minutes to 90 minutes, some times upto 2 hours also. Who will upgrade the systems?
    Trains are running as per schedule, who will travel if the people doesn’t wish to break the rule?
    For a city of more then 10 lakh people, 6 hour window and you are still crying about the crowd?
    Instead of closing everything and asking police to beat the people, why can’t we have everything open and police just keep a eye on the crowd?
    But no, we don’t want logic under this government. All we want is blame everyone expect those who are responsible and if someone dare to point out the mistake call him/her “anti-national”.

  3. A V Prasanna says:

    Why will people crowd Registration office? if slots are booked ON line? No we do not want to be software efficient. What prevents Registration office to issue tokens ON line? No Sir, this is against rules, as touts will be jobless, as people willing to bribe to break the rules will be offended.


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