Wards which cover parts of Bandra, Chembur and Mulund have the highest growth rate, much above the overall city growth rate.
H-West ward, which covers parts of Bandra, Khar and Santacruz, has a growth rate of 0.36%, followed by M-West ward, which covers Chembur and has a growth rate of 0.35%. ‘T’ ward, which covers parts of Mulund, has the third highest growth rate at 0.34%.
Senior officials said that looking at the trend, municipal staff in these wards had already been instructed activate Covid care centres, send instructions to housing societies to follow Covid rules and penalise those not wearing a mask in public.
Citizen activists said they were not happy with the BMC effort. Madhu Poplai, secretary, Pali Hill Residents Association, said very little was being done by the civic staff to control the virus.
“There was a positive case in our premises itself and I had to repeatedly pursue the authorities to get him isolated as the person lived in a hutment which is located inside our society. After much back and forth, the ward staff finally sent an ambulance. Ideally, they should have themselves acted proactively if they are keen on breaking the chain of the virus. It was a huge concern watching the positive case move all around the area without isolating himself,” she said.
Civic representatives say the rise is also because of people having become lax. Mulund corporator Prakash Gangadhare of the BJP said: “In case of T ward, the cases were much in control, however as unlock began people started moving around. I represent the ward, which covers the railway station area as well and the crowds there were once again the same as pre-Covid times with people roaming around without putting on their face masks as well. We cannot drop our guard so soon.”
In M-West, Kala Suresh, who lives near Diamond Garden, said that Chembur market was buzzing despite Covid. “Thankfully I reside in a building which has been following all the Covid-appropriate norms,” she said.