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Day 2 of lockdown in India: Ground report from various cities

NEW DELHI: As the 21-day lockdown entered its second day in India in an attempt to slow down the spread of coronavirus, some people complained of facing inconvenience in getting the essentials saying there was not enough supply of food and vegetables at the local shops while others were satisfied with the availability of essentials.
Here is the ground report from different cities:

  • Delhi: The Delhi government will allow shops selling essential items to operate round the clock so that there is no rush of people and essential supply of food is not disrupted. More street vendors were allowed on the streets and number of shops with replenished stocks has improved.
  • Lucknow: Residents of some areas were partly affected by short supply of food products and vegetables at grocery stores. The citizens alleged that there’s a huge confusion over home delivery of essentials as the helplines of Bigbasket, Grofers and Big Bazaar are not working.
  • Ahmedabad: The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to coordinate buying of all daily vegetable provisions for residential societies in the city. Choose a representative from your society who then places bulk orders — of 100kg or more including all vegetables — for the society with the AMC’s WhatsApp helpline number 94087-53064. The civic body’s zonal representative will commission a vehicle for the society’s bulk purchase at the nearest vegetable market.
  • Mumbai: The effect of lockdown was completely visible in Mumbai with mostly deserted roads but people were out to shop for essential items. Important business hubs and landmarks of the country’s financial capital saw fewer activities .
  • Chennai: People in Chennai were able to get all essential commodities including medicines, milk, vegetables etc. Ecommerce companies have been told that home delivery of essentials like rations and groceries will be allowed if they strictly follow protocols of contactless delivery, by Greater Chennai Corporation.
  • Hyderabad: The government asked people to maintain social distance while purchasing vegetables and warned traders not to sell vegetables at exorbitant rates. City police commissioner Anjani Kumar and Telangana IT and Industries secretary Jayesh Ranjan held a meeting with representatives of various companies and formed a Covid-19 cell at the commissionerate to ensure smooth supply of essential commodities.
  • Panchkula, Mohali and Chandigarh: People have complained of struggling to carry on with their daily chores at home and said there was shortage in stock of milk, grocery, vegetables, etc at the local shops. Several senior citizens in Chandigarh complained of facing problems in getting medicines and others essentials.
  • Kolkata: Citizens were able to get most of the items as almost all the essential shops remain opened in the city. People were also maintaining social distancing while buying the stuff from local shops and markets. However, the timings for vegetable market remained a worry for the locals.
  • Bengaluru: People were seen moving out of their house only to shop for essential needs. Some shops saw long queues as people waited for their turns. People were seen following social distancing rules at some stores. However, police had a tough time in convincing motorists against venturing out without any specific reasons.
  • Noida: The Gautam Buddh Nagar administration allowed home-delivery services, including those delivering food, medicines and groceries, and the hawkers selling fruits and vegetables to operate without any pass.
  • Kohima: The government has issued a directive to grocery shop owners to keep their shops open from 10 am to 2 pm daily and petrol pumps to supply fuel on alternate days.
  • Gurugram: All officers of Gurugram Police were directed to allow free movement of technical hands required for essential services and maintenance of households and buildings.
  • Shimla: Residents rushed to stores in large numbers to buy essentials, paying no heed to social distancing rules in some areas, during relaxation of the curfew imposed in view of a nationwide lockdown.


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