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P’kula residents get milk, but not veggies

March 26, 2020 06:37 AM


P’kula residents get milk, but not veggies
HT Correspondent

Panchkula : Even as vendors with milk and bread turned up outside houses by 10am on Wednesday, people were left waiting for vegetable sellers, who have been allowed to go from door to door in Panchkula amid lockdown imposed to control Covid-19 outbreak.

With gathering of five and more people banned in the district, the city wore a deserted look as people stayed indoors, amid strict police vigil through patrolling and closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera surveillance.

Shops, barring chemists, departmental and grocery stores, remained closed.

A few people were seen at inner sector markets stocking up on essential commodities or visiting banks, which were open till 2pm.

It was on Monday that the administration had decided to allow movement of vegetable vendors , and a list was prepared for each sector on Tuesday.

“No vegetable vendor assigned to our sector turned up on Wednesday,” said Rakesh Aggarwal, chairman of Lok Saravhitkari Society and a resident of Sector 12. “On making enquiries, we found that they are facing difficulty in visiting mandis in Chandigarh and Mohali to get the stock, as police are stopping them on the way.” Residents in other sectors also made similar complaints.

Matter taken up with UT, Mohali

It is learnt, the Panchkula administration on Wednesday took up the matter with its counterparts in Chandigarh and Mohali, asking them to allow free movement of vegetable vendors.

Panchkula deputy commissioner (DC) Mukesh Kumar Ahuja said that it is being ensured that essential services are provided to residents, and the lists of designated vegetable, milk and grocery vendors are being uploaded on the administration’s website.

Haryana chief secretary Keshni Anand Arora also took stock of the situation via video-conferencing and asked Ahuja to remain in touch with wholesalers and retailers to ensure easy availability of essential commodities.

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