Hyderabad: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s Directorate of Enforcement, Vigilance and Disaster Management (EVDM) is all set to complete the first phase of sterilization drive in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Amid the lockdown, around 675 sanitization workers were roped in for chemical spraying to disinfect Hyderabad city. Ninety percent of sterilization was completed by Wednesday morning.

“The task has been divided into three parts. Our staff was manually spraying chemicals in colonies, slums, and other residential pockets. Jetting machines were used to spray chemicals on main roads and commercial establishments. With the help of the fire department, specialized tankers were used to sanitize sensitive zones like hospitals, bus stops, monuments and public junctions,” Director of EVDM Vishwajit Kambati told NewsMeter.

He added that the second phase of cleaning will begin from April 15.

EVDM said Dommalguda, Malakpet, Vanasthalipuram, Narayanguda, Masab tank route, Old city, Jubilee Hills, Banjara Hills, Hitech city and other nearby areas have been already disinfected.

Meanwhile GHMC has specified that only 38 COVID-19 positive cases have been reported within its limits.

Parts of Secunderabad, which is under GHMC, recorded a maximum number of 11 cases. Patients from Shyamnagar Colony in Masab Tank, Brundavana Colony in Tolichowki, Golkonda, Somajiguda, Balkampet, MLA-MP colony in Jubilee Hills, Shaikpet, and CIB quarters have been kept under isolation or home quarantine.

Telangana has recorded 97 positive cases to date. While 77 of them are under observation and others have been discharged.

On March 30, Telangana reported six deaths, all of the victims had attended the religious congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin. It is stated that more than 700 people from both the Telugu states had joined the congregation.

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