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Mad scramble in markets before Odisha goes into lockdown | Bhubaneswar News – Times of India

People resort to panic shopping for before lockdown begins, at Unit-1 market on Monday

BHUBANESWAR/SAMBALPUR: It was a mad rush of individuals in the markets of twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack and western Odisha’s largest city Sambalpur on Monday as individuals scrambled to purchase necessities and far more forward of the 14-day lockdown beginning Wednesday, which goals to interrupt the chain of transmission.
Markets, particularly greens, grocery, hen and meat retailers witnessed unprecedented crowd, throwing warning to the wind. By the appears of it one felt these retailers gained’t open once more or they could not get an opportunity to purchase in any respect. The shopowners had been additionally busy in transactions, forgetting the necessity to preserve Covid protocol. This even though shopowners had been categorically informed that they may very well be penalised if norms had been violated.
Twin cities police commissioner Soumendra Priyadarshi stated they’ve made elaborate preparations in view of the lockdown. He appealed to the individuals to chorus from panic shopping for.
“There is no need to go for panic buying as essential shops will remain open from 6 am to 12 pm. Covid testing and vaccination will go on as usual,” stated the commissioner in a video message.
The scenes in markets in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack had been akin to a pageant rush. However, in some markets police and civic physique used power to disperse the patrons.
In Sambalpur, individuals thronged the markets to fill up on items and edible gadgets. The markets in Sambalpur, which opened after two days as a result of weekend shutdown, witnessed a big gathering of clients exterior the retailers. Serpentine queues had been seen exterior main supermarkets with customers shopping for family provides, greens and fruits. The native grocery shops additionally recorded a rise in dwelling supply requests of packed and dry meals gadgets in addition to bulk purchases.
“Products like biscuits, noodles and food items were in high demand. This apart, people are also buying everything from soap to toothpaste and baby food in bulk. There are enough supplies and there is no fear of shortage,” stated Niwas Sahu, proprietor of a grocery retailer.
The largest retail vegetable market in the town, Golebazar, additionally noticed an enormous rush. People had been seen shopping for greens in bulk from the market. “During last year’s lockdown, though vegetable and grocery stores were listed as essential, many neighbourhood shops were closed. I am buying grocery for a month as a precautionary measure,” stated Ainthapali resident Annapurna Sahu. Sambalpur district on Monday recorded highest single day surge of 520 optimistic instances.


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