Urban Railways

Nagawara-Gottigere Metro Line Work Stalled as 80 Workers Test Positive for COVID-19

Nagawara-Gottigere Metro Line (Reach-6) of Phase-2 has been completely halted as 80 workers employed along the stretch from Shivaji Nagar to Tannery Road have tested positive for COVID-19. According to reports, the workers were employed by construction firm Larsen and Toubro (L&T).

A BMRCL official said a week ago one of them came to the site with fever. “Everyday before letting them to the work site, we conduct fever test and one of them was found having mild fever. Accordingly, we got him tested and he was found COVID positive,” an officer added, as per PTI reports.

Larsen & Toubro, which has been awarded contracts for Package 2 and Package 3 (Shivaji Nagar to Tannery Road) of Reach-6 Line carried out tests on nearly 200 workers in one camp. The contractor then carried out tests for all those at the camp. As per the protocol, the camp where they were staying has been sanitised and all the dwellers have been isolated at different places.

“The results came on Thursday (July 9). All those who tested positive have been sent to GKVK Covid Care Centre. Their primary and secondary contacts have been identified and asked to isolate themselves,” Chief Public Relations Officer, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited, B L Yashvanth Chavan said.

“Many of those who tested positive were new joinees who had recently come down from other states to work here,” he added.

Currently, the tech hub of India is preparing to go under complete lockdown from today evening 8 pm for a week as Covid-19 cases have been surging exponentially since last few weeks.

The state government issued fresh guidelines regarding the lockdown. In the latest development, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation suspended bus services from July 15 to July 21 in view of lockdown in Bengaluru Metropolitan area, Bengaluru Urban & Bengaluru Rural districts. The corporation will operate only for essential services permitted.

During this one-week intense lockdown, flights, trains already scheduled can operate but no new flights or trains will be permitted during the seven-day lockdown period. Intra-state, inter-state movement of passenger vehicles will be allowed with passes already issued.

However, essential services such as hospitals, grocery shops as well as scheduled exams will be allowed in the city.