Lockdown Day 2: Ground report from 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.
  • Ahmedabad: Residents can now place bulk orders — of 100kg or more including all vegetables — for a society with the AMC’s WhatsApp helpline number – 94087-53064.
  • Mumbai: The effect of lockdown was completely visible in Mumbai with mostly deserted roads but people were out to shop for essential items.
  • Chennai: People in Chennai were able to get all essential commodities including medicines, milk, vegetables etc.
  • Hyderabad: Govt asked people to maintain social distance while purchasing vegetables and warned traders not to sell vegetables at exorbitant rates.
  • 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.
  • Kolkata: Citizens were able to get most of the items as almost all the essential shops remain opened in the city.
  • Bengaluru: People were seen moving out of their houses to shop for essential needs and some shops saw long queues as people waited for their turns.
  • 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.

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