New Delhi, March 27 -- For nearly a week, the neighbourhoods of east Delhi's Mayur Vihar Phase-1 have locked their gates to outsiders. The security guards of all apartments have been given strict instructions to not allow in any visitors, house helps or vendors distributing newspapers. The only time the pedestrian entries are opened is to let in vegetable sellers.

Despite the inconvenience, the residents' welfare associations (RWAs) of several of these colonies said people have been adhering to directions issued by the government and the police. The delivery of essential items is collected from the gates, while ensuring that there is no crowding. Apart from that, people rarely step out of homes.

This perfect compliance, however, was disru...