With curfew continuing without any relaxation for the second day in the city, the denizens struggled to get supply of essential items as the Chandigarh Administration failed to put in place its plan to ensure home delivery of essential food items and medicines on Wednesday.
While roads in parts of Chandigarh were deserted throughout the day, people lined up outside milk booths in various sectors in the morning defying curfew orders. With milk and vegetable vendors visiting various sectors, people resorted to panic buying and a large number of people were not able to get essential items.
After Punjab Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore reviewed the situation in a meeting on Wednesday, the Administration decided to allow retailer shops (ration) in sectors to open from Thursday onwards and allow the residents to place their order telephonically for essential items. The Administration will depute government and private persons to deliver such items.
The overall responsibility of providing essential services related to food, groceries, fruit and vegetables, dairy and milk products will is given to MCC Commissioner KK Yadav. Besides, four senior UT officers have been deputed for better management of delivery of essential goods across the city.
Apart from this, four mobile ATMs vans will be made functional in few days, which will visit different parts of the city. The residents would be allowed to avail the facility on their doorsteps for fixed hours.
The Administration also decided that no relaxation will be allowed in curfew restrictions and no individual will be allowed to visit any shop for direct purchase of essential items. The residents can only place order telephonically for delivery of essential items at their doorstep.
“With regard to essential items including groceries, chemists, supply of fruit, vegetables etc, it has been finalized to provide the same to the residents at their doorsteps through government and private carriers. A list of chemist shops and retail shops for groceries will be uploaded by Administration so that residents can place an order telephonically,” said MCC Commissioner KK Yadav.
The retail shops will be used as distribution and storage point for carriers to pick up in carts or autos, he said.
On supply of fruits and vegetables, he said that CTU buses will be used accompanied with police personnel for its supply in sectors. And, milk supply will be ensured from house to house from 6 am to 10 am daily in all sectors, he added.
The Administration has also decided to distribute and sell separate packets of ration packed for 10 days and 21 days in the periphery through the available government vehicles.
Further, it was decided that no retail sale of fruits and vegetables will be allowed in Mandi Sector 26 and the wholesale market will only function maintain the supplies chain.
Meanwhile, UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore directed MCC Commissioner to ensure that all areas get adequate stock of essential items on time.
During the review meeting, it was informed that there is no shortage of beds, medicines, protective gears etc. for treating the patients in the city.
It was further informed that in case anyone is found violating the curfew orders and buying essential items from shops, strict legal action would be taken against both the individual and the shop owner as per law.
Congress questions MP Kirron Kher’s absence
While an indefinite curfew imposed in Chandigarh has triggered panic among city denizens, the city MP Kirron Kher is nowhere to be seen and is currently in Delhi.
Kher had left for Delhi to attend Lok Sabha which reassembled on March 2 for budget session. While the Lok Sabha session was adjourned sine die on Monday due to lockdown in the entire country in view of COVID-19 outbreak, the MP is not back to the city and stuck in Delhi.
While questioning the absence of the city MP Kirron Kher, Chandigarh Congress president Pradeep Chhabra said that in such a difficult time where the MP had the primary responsibility to remove the problems of the people of the city, she is missing today.
He said that by giving a little fund at this late stage, she cannot run away from her responsibilities.