News Desk: Soon after Dispur announced the 14-day lockdown, Guwahati city has witnessed chaos in the markets. The announcement of the lockdown which starts from Monday has caused panic and chaos situation among Guwahatians.
On Friday, Assam Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced a 14-day total lockdown of Kamrup (M). This lockdown will be the toughest lockdown ever imposed in Kamrup (M). During the lockdown, all grocery shops, fish and meat markets, and vegetable shops will remain closed.
The announcement of the total lockdown caused anxiety and panic among a majority of Guwahatians and they came out of their homes to purchase grocery items and vegetables.
Long queues of people can still be seen in front of a majority of grocery shops and vegetable vendors. Due to panic shopping, many shops have already exhausted their stock and are forced to shut their shutter.
Many shopkeepers and vendors took advantage of the situation and excessively increased the price of various commodities.
Vegetable vendors took advantage of the situation and hiked prices of various vegetable items. The prices of vegetable items like tomato, beans, cabbage, ladies finger, capsicum, and many other vegetables rose between₹ 70 to ₹ 120 per Kg which were normally sold between ₹ 40 to ₹ 80.
Even the grocery shopkeepers are charging excessive prices for various grocery items.