A 14-day lockdown in Guwahati got here into pressure on Sunday night with a view to combat the rising variety of coronavirus instances within the metropolis, which the opposition Congress termed the failure of the Assam well being minister.
Kamrup Metropolitan district, below which Guwahati falls, was utterly locked down from 7 pm on Sunday until 6 pm on July 12 with even retailers of grocery, meat and all different objects downing the shutters. Solely pharmacies have been allowed to operate.
This time, authorities have decided not to issue any vehicle pass even for important providers as there have been many cases of its misuse throughout 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 isn’t solely unwise & additionally to cowl up his failure in containing COVID sufferers but in addition didn’t adequately organize hospital beds for remedy. Finally adversely affecting the every day wage earners, frequent individuals,” he tweeted.
As grocery and vegetable retailers will stay closed throughout the lockdown, individuals throughout the town thronged markets and malls to inventory the necessities, ignoring norms of social distancing.
Giant gatherings and lengthy queues had been seen at retailers, markets and ATMs.
Benefiting from the state of affairs, retailers of greens and fishes elevated the costs exorbitantly in nearly all areas of the 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 bought 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 objects for 14 days at this excessive charge?” a client mentioned, 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 mentioned, “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 not feed my household correctly for sooner or later even. If there isn’t any assist from the federal government, my household will starve to demise.”