People throng to market to purchase daily needs after 'Bhatkal Lockdown' announced from tomorrow

Source: S.O. News Service | By Sajjad Quazi | Published on 23rd March 2020, 9:51 PM | Coastal News |

Bhatkal: After a youth belonging to Bhatkal was tested positive for Coronavirus, the order has been issued to lock down the entire Bhatkal from March 24 to March 30. Upon receiving the information of lockdown, the locals thronged to the market in the evening to purchase daily needs.

However, the Deputy Commissioner has made it clear that the essential commodity shops will remain open and the public can buy milk, rations, medicines, etc., but crowd gathering will not be allowed. Yet, till late this evening, people were seen in large numbers at petrol pumps and grocery stores. Though some shopkeepers, making the most of the opportunity, have increased the prices, the public appeared to be shopping regardless of it.

In this regard, when SahilOnline asked shoppers that these shops would remain open even during the period of lockdown, then why were they rushing?, the reply was that even though the management have announced that the shops will not be closed and we will be able to shop, but what if the police tomorrow restrict us from coming out of the houses?, It is because of this fear that we deem it necessary to shop as of now.

In that regard, a shopkeeper told SahilOnline that we are allowed to keep the shop open, but the vegetables and other groceries to our shop come from outside, as well as from other districts. If the transportation is stopped, how will the vegetable come?  If there is no goods in the shops, what will we do by keeping the shops open?.

When SahilOnline approached Bhatkal Assistant Commisoner Bharath asking about the concerns expressed by the people and shopkeepers, he said if only one person from a house would go for shopping, it will not be a problem. But if more than one member of the house will move out, then it might have a problem. He urged the people that they should leave their homes only incase of emergencies.

The Assistant Commissioner also made it clear that even though the borders are sealed and Bhatkal is being locked down, the vehicles coming from outside containing milk, rations and vegetables would not be stopped, they will be given permission to enter the city.

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