Photos: Delhi’s Nizamuddin sheds containment zone status after 70 days

The stringent restrictions in Delhi's Nizamuddin — that was a containment zone for 70 days, after at least 1,080 people of the Tablighi Jamaat tested Covid-19 positive between March and April this year — were eased three days ago. The fear of the virus continues to loom large in the shadows. The Markaz building, the headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat from where close to 2,000 participants were evacuated, remains closed. Residents of the area, who had been demanding the opening up of the area for long, said that there was a sense of relief among them.

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People seen praying outside the closed door of the Nizamuddin Dargah in New Delhi on June 10. Even though Nizamuddin Basti has been de-sealed, the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, which attracts visitors from all faiths and is located a stone’s throw away, has decided to remain shut at least till June 13 as a precautionary measure against rising Covid-19 cases. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

People seen praying outside the closed door of the Nizamuddin Dargah in New Delhi on June 10. Even though Nizamuddin Basti has been de-sealed, the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, which attracts visitors from all faiths and is located a stone’s throw away, has decided to remain shut at least till June 13 as a precautionary measure against rising Covid-19 cases. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

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A man speaks on the phone in his shop in Nizamuddin on June 10. The once-bustling lanes of Nizamuddin Basti lay deserted on Wednesday. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

A man speaks on the phone in his shop in Nizamuddin on June 10. The once-bustling lanes of Nizamuddin Basti lay deserted on Wednesday. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

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A majority of shops and eateries remained shut in the area, with very little movement of people, as the area continued to be under ‘strict vigil’ of the district administration. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

A majority of shops and eateries remained shut in the area, with very little movement of people, as the area continued to be under ‘strict vigil’ of the district administration. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

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The market houses a number of eateries, books, perfume and flower shops. For a number of Basti residents, their livelihoods depend on income from these shops. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

The market houses a number of eateries, books, perfume and flower shops. For a number of Basti residents, their livelihoods depend on income from these shops. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

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A view of the Tablighi Jamaat Alami Markaz Banglewali Masjid on April 8. The Markaz building, the headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat from where close to 2,000 participants were evacuated, remains closed. Some civil defence volunteers were still deployed around the area. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

A view of the Tablighi Jamaat Alami Markaz Banglewali Masjid on April 8. The Markaz building, the headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat from where close to 2,000 participants were evacuated, remains closed. Some civil defence volunteers were still deployed around the area. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

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After being exposed to a large gathering in March amid the COVID-19 or coronavirus lockdown, many members of Tablighi Jamaat from Markaz Hazrat Nizamuddin were taken by the authorities and lodged in different quarantine centres in Delhi. In May, Delhi police filed 35 different chargesheets against 376 foreign nationals from 34 countries attending the Markaz. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

After being exposed to a large gathering in March amid the COVID-19 or coronavirus lockdown, many members of Tablighi Jamaat from Markaz Hazrat Nizamuddin were taken by the authorities and lodged in different quarantine centres in Delhi. In May, Delhi police filed 35 different chargesheets against 376 foreign nationals from 34 countries attending the Markaz. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

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A drone operated by city municipal employees to spray disinfectant during a sanitisation drive at Nizamuddin on April 2. In Nizamuddin, most of the flower and chadar shops (offerings bought by devotees to the dargah) have also remained closed. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

A drone operated by city municipal employees to spray disinfectant during a sanitisation drive at Nizamuddin on April 2. In Nizamuddin, most of the flower and chadar shops (offerings bought by devotees to the dargah) have also remained closed. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

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On June 7, the south-east district authorities decided to scale down the restrictions, after no new cases were reported from the area. However, as per the relaxation order, a team of district administration officials, along with local police, were to maintain strict vigil for the next 14 days. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

On June 7, the south-east district authorities decided to scale down the restrictions, after no new cases were reported from the area. However, as per the relaxation order, a team of district administration officials, along with local police, were to maintain strict vigil for the next 14 days. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

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