Last Thursday a video started circulating in social media where in a lady resident from a Paying Guest (PG) near Manyata Tech park was taken into ambulance by health authorities. Kannada news channels reported that lady techie residing near Manyata Tech Park was found positive with COVID19 and other residents of that PG are also being tested for COVID19. Followed by the incident, owners of PGs near Manyata Tech Park started asking its residents to vacate. PG Owners feel that social distancing is not possible in PGs as rooms are shared by three or four people.
There were instructions from BBMP earlier that PGs should not ask residents to vacate. Inspite of the BBMP instructions, the PGs in Bangalore are forcing the residents to vacate. While many techies decided to leave to their home town, others feel it is risky to travel amid COVID19 outbreak.
"I feel that traveling is unsafe now but my PG owner has asked me to vacate. My roommates have left to their hometown. I have come to my friend's place and staying here temporarily. But I cannot afford to stay here for a long time", says a techie who works at Manyata Tech Park.
"Our advisory is for maintaining sanitation, cleanliness and prevention of overcrowding in a limited space. We have not asked IT professionals or any working persons to vacate hostels or PGs," said Ravi Kumar Surpur, Special Commissioner (Projects and Health) of BBMP in a statement.
However, many techies are finding hard for a place to stay in Bangalore though companies have provided work from home facility. They hope that Goverment officials involve in this and direct necessary instructions to PGs and Hostels.