GUWAHATI: There seems to be no corona scare among the masses when they were buying groceries ahead of the lockdown, here on Tuesday. Markets from across the city including Fancy Bazar and Machkhowa markets were packed will hundreds of people who were filling their ration stocks to prepare for the shutdown. Most of the people ignored the government’s continuous appeals and gathered in the markets without wearing masks and ignoring to maintain a social distance.
The effect of coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the pockets as well. Since there is a shortage of vegetables in the mandis, the prices of vegetables surged and the people accepted it without a bargain. Prices of potatoes doubled and onions were sold for Rs. 40 per kilo which is usually Rs. 25 to 30. While, cabbage price hiked from Rs. 10 to Rs. 40 per kilo, cauliflowers were being sold for twice the price at Rs. 40 to 50 per kilo. The price of beans also doubled and was sold for Rs. 50 per kilo. Cucumber’s price tripled and people were buying them for Rs. 40 to 50 per kilo. Meanwhile, the lockdown has started in the city and the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has started the sanitization process in a bid to tackle the outbreak of the dreaded virus.