Preventing the movement of people amidst COVID-19 is key to contain the spread. When sealing of state and district borders is not enough Tamil Nadu came up with a unique plan. The idea of constructing a wall in the middle of the highway.
The local administration constructed two concrete walls on an interstate highway connecting Tamil Nadu’s (TN) Vellore district with Andhra Pradesh’s (AP) Chittoor district. The wall was built to prevent interstate movement between TN and AP amid the growing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus disease said A Shanmuga Sundaram, district collector Vellore.
Chittoor district collector N Bharat Gupta took up the matter with Mr. Sundaram as soon as he came to know about the wall. He cited the immediate need to restore emergency transport services. The wall which was constructed at Gudiyattam village in the Vellore district was demolished after the talks. The second wall was erected at Kondappanaickenpalayam check-post near Ponnai.
It was in a bid to stop the “unauthorized movement of vehicles and people between both the states”. An order was issued by Vellore administration Monday evening for the demolition of the walls. The Vellore-based Christian Medical College (CMC) caters to thousands of patients from AP, who go there for treatment every year. The wall would have created problems for them.