After a long wait of eight days, Ahmedabad stores selling groceries, vegetables and fruits will finally resume operations, bringing relief to citizens. As the decision to shut shops selling all items except milk and medicines from May 7, was announced in the evening on May 6, people had little time to procure essentials, and many returned empty-handed
"I was left without vegetables and even groceries since it was barely the start of the month. I only had onions and potatoes at home. Looking at the never-ending queues outside stores and the chaotic rush, I avoided buying anything and returned home. But I really hope there is some respite as stores resume operations from Friday," said a resident of Ambawadi.
However, some are extremely wary of the anticipated rush at stores and therefore, have chosen not to venture out over the next two-three days. The civic authorities have issued at least 30,000 licenses to vegetable and fruit vendors and grocers. Strict conditions of maintaining social distancing, use of mask, gloves and sanitisers by staff and encouraging digital payments and using separate trays for cash payments have been imposed by civic authorities.
Meanwhile, the APMC has made arrangements to ensure that adequate supply of fruits and vegetables is ensured in the city. Sources said that the wholesale markets have been set up at Riverfront Gurjari Market, AMC ground at Bhakti Circle in Nikol and AES ground near Doordarshan Tower, so that traders don't have to rush all the way up to Jetalpur APMC to procure vegetables.