COVID Lockdown: Government plans to sell vegetables in colonies in Hyderabad

Move aimed at preventing crowds at Rythu Bazaars

By Author  |  Published: 26th Mar 2020  10:49 pmUpdated: 26th Mar 2020  10:55 pm
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Hyderabad: Worried over venturing out to purchase vegetables from the Rythu Bazaar? No more tensions, as the Telangana Marketing department has decided to supply fresh vegetables in colonies. Once every three days, the department will send its vehicles loaded with different type of vegetables to each colony.

The move is aimed at preventing crowds at the 11 Rythu Bazaars in the city. Officials from the Marketing and Police departments were annoyed over the nonchalant attitude of people at Rythu Bazaars to purchase vegetables even after the lockdown was declared.

In spite of asking them to observe social distancing, most people were ignoring the advice and jostling with one another at the counters at Rythu Bazaars to buy vegetables.

Sales at Rythu Bazaars will continue but in order to reduce the crowd, the department has decided to sell vegetables in colonies with a request to residents to maintain social distancing, Hyderabad Joint Director (Marketing) V. Srinivas said.

120 vehicles deployed

He said 120 vehicles had already been deployed at different colonies in the twin cities on Thursday and the number of vehicles would be increased depending upon the response from the residents. The colonies to sell vegetables would be selected with the help of officials of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) in each Circle, Srinivas said.

The vegetables to the colonies would be brought from major markets at Gudimalkapur, Bowenpally, L.B. Nagar and Chandrayangutta. Another official said additional charges would be collected from buyers to bear the transport charges of the vehicle. A police official said the Marketing department’s move would bring much needed relief to them as most customers were not bothered about the safety measures to be adopted in crowded places.

Meanwhile, there was not much of jostling and panic buying at the Rythu Bazaars, supermarkets and grocery stores to purchase vegetables and essential commodities on Thursday.

As most of them purchased commodities in advance in the last few days, the rush at the supermarkets, grocery stores and Rythu Bazaars was less. The roads leading to commercial establishments sported a deserted look as customers were hardly seen at the stores. “With the help of police, we are asking customers to maintain social distancing,” said Mehdipatnam Rythu Bazaar supervisor R. Chandraiah.

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