However, death of the minor boy in a drainage channel and growing outrage has prompted BMC to chalk out a fresh action plan.
More than it, it has shown that the Housing and Urban Development has hardly bothered itself about the urban flooding which gradually has been emerging as a menace for the city.
The funds were released by the State government to the civic body in 2019-20 for repair and renovation of 264 internal drains to manage storm water effectively and address waterlogging and flood.
As the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation failed to drain out water, many took it upon themselves to find a solution.
The number of cases in 0 to 18 age group in the city was 17 on Friday and 16 on August 26.
The civic body also warned that management of religious institutions not adhering to the protocol at their level will face action and their premises will be shut indefinitely.
While the city’s residents largely remained indoors during the shutdown earlier, now blatant violation of utter disregard of guidelines meant for their own safety has emerged as a cause of concern.
Parents suggest the government wait for one more month before considering reopening elementary classes.
The civic body has also set up barricades at the entry and exit points of the market to separate it from the vegetable and grocery market and requested citizens to strictly comply with Covid norms.
As the portable machines can be easily carried inside residential premises and buildings for fogging it will prove helpful in combating the mosquito-borne disease.
The corporation has destroyed 1,984 breeding sites including 643 sites with larvae in different residential and slum areas so far. However, the situation continues to remain alarming.
The Municipal Commissioner said now the beneficiaries will not be tagged to any particular vaccination centre. Since there is no rush, they can go to any nearby centre to get jab.
330 cases reported till Saturday, disease spread to 15 new areas
The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation on Saturday launched an initiative to collect e-waste from the doorsteps of residents.
The land map and schedule has been worked out for these drains and provided to officials in charge of the BMC land section for acquisition.