A 14-day lockdown in Guwahati got here into pressure on Sunday night to be able to battle the rising variety of coronavirus circumstances within the metropolis, which the opposition Congress termed the failure of the Assam well being minister.
Kamrup Metropolitan district, underneath which Guwahati falls, was utterly locked down from 7 pm on Sunday until 6 pm on July 12 with even outlets of grocery, meat and all different gadgets downing the shutters. Solely pharmacies have been allowed to perform.
This time, authorities have determined to not concern any automobile move even for important providers as there have been many situations of its misuse in the course of the nationwide lockdown that got here into impact on March 25.
Former chief minister Tarun Gogoi criticised the choice to impose a stricter lockdown in Guwahati and blamed it to inefficacy of Well being Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
“Lockdown declared by Dr. Himanta B Sarma just isn’t solely unwise & additionally to cowl up his failure in containing COVID sufferers but additionally didn’t adequately prepare hospital beds for remedy. Finally adversely affecting the every day wage earners, frequent folks,” he tweeted.
As grocery and vegetable outlets will stay closed in the course of the lockdown, folks throughout town thronged markets and shops to inventory the necessities, ignoring norms of social distancing.
Giant gatherings and lengthy queues had been seen at outlets, markets and ATMs.
Benefiting from the scenario, retailers of greens and fishes elevated the costs exorbitantly in nearly all areas of town.
The costs of potatoes rose to Rs 80 a kg from round Rs 25 on Friday, whereas cucumber was priced at Rs 100 per kg. Tomatoes and squash had been promoting at Rs 120 per kg, whereas onions had been being offered at Rs 40-50 per kg.
“The place is the Civil Provide Division? The place are the district administration and police? Why was there no management in any respect? How can we buy gadgets for 14 days at this excessive charge?” a client stated, expressing helplessness.
Many individuals expressed anguish because the lockdown got here into pressure in month-end when wage was not credited of their accounts but, thereby placing them in a repair.
A rickshaw puller stated, “I can earn just for the day’s want. The place will I get cash to retailer for 14 days? At this excessive costs, I can’t feed my household correctly for in the future even. If there is no such thing as a assist from the federal government, my household will starve to loss of life.”