Hyderabad: Heavy rush was witnessed at groceries across the older parts of the city with people rushing to buy essential commodities anticipating an announcement on another lockdown soon.
People thronged the Mir Alam Mandi, Mahboob Chowk, Engine Bowli and Madannapet markets since the early hours of the day with panic buying witnessed at some places. “We do not know how long the lockdown will continue this time. So to be on the safer side, we are stocking up essential items. Considering the present scenario, a lockdown should be imposed,” said Syed Shehriyar, a resident of Panjeshah in Gulzar Houz.
Mirza Yaser Baig, a school teacher from Shahalibanda, said they were already facing a financial crisis after the previous lockdown. “No one bothered to help us during the previous lockdown. After the relaxation in the first week of June, I started working at a shop to fend for my family. Now, if there is another lockdown, I don’t know how I’m going to manage,” he said.
Long queues were witnessed at banks and ATM centres as well since morning. Many ATM centres went dry for a few hours during the afternoon. However, cash was replenished towards evening. Most of those lined up in front of banks were women who had come to withdraw the financial assistance provided by the government.
“My husband works as an auto-rickshaw driver. People are saying there will be another lockdown and I have come to withdraw whatever money the government has transferred to our accounts. I don’t think we will be able to fend for ourselves if the lockdown is prolonged,” one of them said.
Uncertainty over the rules for the lockdown this time is keeping many guessing. At every market corner or junction, push carts vendors were seen discussing how the next round of the lockdown would be.
“Last time when the lockdown was imposed, we sold vegetables and made some money. This time we are adopting a wait and watch policy before taking any alternate job,” said Abdul Khadeer, an auto driver, adding that though the decision would be in the interest of the society, a prolonged lockdown would mean more financial issues for daily wage earners.
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