The Gurukul Housing Cooperative in Dahisar has been following a tradition for 20 years in which all residents gather every evening in the recreation area to pray or chat. In the context of the outbreak of Covid 19, office workers decided on Saturday to remove chairs from their seats and to restrict members’ freedom of movement when this was not necessary.
The association has three wings with 190 apartments, consisting of 800 members, who are mainly businessmen from the Gujarati community, with some South Indians and Maharashtrians. The committee has drawn up a list of rules that members of the community must follow during a blockade, with the exception of strangers, parents and any births that must be thrown away at the main gate or in the hall.
The milk vendor, who until now was left at the front door, is confined to the lobby. Before the blockade, the inhabitants of the municipality were previously informed of the visitor via a software application, now they are informed of the delivery via the same application. It is a complete blockade, in which only a few people, e.g. a family member, are allowed to travel to obtain food or vegetables and to meet other basic needs. All help at home and even family members are not allowed. If a resident has a visitor or a person from outside Canada, they must first notify the office, said board member Ajay Jane.
Help was provided at home in the form of leave and five guards were invited to stay on site, with community members taking turns providing food and snacks. Rashmin Parikh, the company secretary, said: The external movement of the members of the company has been reduced by at least 75%, only our security staff, who have been given masks, is visible. We only have BMC employees clean our premises.
They have recently restructured their business and are now looking for entrepreneurs to support them on a daily basis, says Wig.
We’ll learn a few lessons from this whole process. Everyone has to have faith, because you can’t count on everyone. We must also save for rainy days, said Manish Vora, Chartered Accountant.