In order to stop the chaos created by people while shopping for vegetables, the Kamrup Metro district administration on Friday decided to temporarily close all vegetable wholesale and retail outlets in Guwahati.
A number of people have ventured out of their homes and gathered in large numbers at the vegetable markets without maintaining social distancing.
The Kamrup Metro district administration had earlier decided to arrange selling of vegetable at 7 designated points in Guwahati from Friday.
The decision was taken by the district administration following discussions with Assam food civil supplies & consumer affairs minister Phani Bhushan Chaudhury.
The designated vegetable points were set up at Six Mile, Ulubari, Ganeshguri, Fancy Bazar, Narengi, Maligaon, and Silpukhuri.
While announcing lockdown in Assam on Monday a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of 21-day lockdown, state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said all markets and shops except groceries and pharmacies would remain closed during the lockdown period.
The 21-day lockdown has been imposed across the country as a preventive measure to contain the spread of coronavirus.