NIT, KU Zakura campus among 60 locations designated as quarantine centers

Srinagar, March 31: National Institute of Technology (NIT) and Kashmir University Zakura Campus are among 60 sites designated as quarantine centers across Srinagar city.

Srinagar district administration said they have made all the necessary arrangements and designated many places as quarantine centers to deal with any emergency.

“More than 60 locations across the city have been identified and designated as quarantine centers. These are located in several clusters in east and north parts of the city,” District Development Commissioner Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary told The Kashmir Monitor.

He said the designated centers can accommodate around 6000 people with all the basic facilities. “It will be further expanded for any situation,” DC Srinagar said.

Moreover, he said, to ease out the pressure on hospitals around the 100-room facility, each has been placed at disposal of CD Hospital and JLNM Srinagar from March 31.

“Initially around 2000 people with foreign travel history were kept in quarantine under medical supervision. They are moving out,” Shahid added.

Among the identified quarantine centers include National Institute of Technology (NIT) Hazratbal, Kashmir University Zakura Campus, Community hall at Sanat Nagar and many hotel and guest houses across Srinagar.

An official at NIT said the residential campus which comprises around 10 buildings have been readied for use as quarantine centers. There are around 1000 rooms in three buildings.

 “Since it is a medical emergency and nobody can deny it. We support the government’s decision and kept the campus ready for use,” he said.

Media spokesperson Kashmir University Prof Shahid Rasool said they have provided Zukra campus for quarantine center in Srinagar

“Since the campus located in an orchard, it makes the place feasible for quarantine,” he said

Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) has also offered its entire resources including buildings, transport and trained manpower to the government for combating the coronavirus.

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