Mangaluru: Amid lockdown, people throng markets to stock up on essentials

Pics: Spoorthi Ullal
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Mar 29: Once again, despite complete lockdown imposed by the district administration to control the spread of coronavirus, crowds thronged the city's markets on Sunday March 29.

People were seen crowding at the markets in big numbers to stock up on groceries and other essentials.

At Jeppu market vicinity, milk and fruit shops were open early morning on Sunday. In Pandeshwar, vendors were seen selling goods on the roadside. Public crowded around these vendors to buy essentials.

At central market, wholesale businesses were given time up till 7.30 am. The police then warned them and got the shops closed.

At Thokkottu in the outskirt of the city shops vending milk and other small shops were opened on Sunday morning. However, the movement of people as well as vehicles was lesser than usual.

District in-charge minister Kota Srinivas Poojary on Saturday March 28 had urged people to observe social distancing as a measure to fight coronavirus. However, the scenes at the markets on Sunday morning raise concerns as most people crowded in front of shops with no apparent effort to maintain distance. Many of them wore masks as a precautionary measure.

The country has been under a total lockdown since March 25. However, almost every morning crowds have been thronging to the markets to buy essentials. The district in-charge minister has said that plans are afoot to launch an app that would enable home deliveries of groceries. 



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  • Commonsense, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Unfortunately this is what happens when officials and elected representatives are not on the same page.
    How hard can it be to come up with a comprehensive plan that takes into account the interests of all (rural/urban, buyer/seller/well off, not so fortunate), explain it to the public in a way everyone understands, and then implement it impartially?
    It is imperative that everyone not give in to the urge to panic buy or crowd in close , otherwise the entire purpose of the lockdown is defeated.
    Some good suggestions by posters here- is the administration listening?
    We hope the powers-that-be speak with one voice with clarity before it is too late.

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  • Chiguru, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    In Jaipur the fellows roaming on street aren't lathi charged or fined
    They are simply told to sanitize the covid hospital and patients
    So they can get help to do cleaning since staff isnt available in hospital.
    This is least they can do for the country, rather than rowdy behavior in public places.

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  • Mohammed, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Please don't go out of the house unless any emergency Atleast for few days and things will be fine soon. And people need not panic for essential stuffs as the city will Opend for few hours in multiple days so no need no panic. Please stay at home and save lives.

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Solution to be worked out these problems. policy maker to listen to police shoppers and public here.District administration should be given free hand

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    We Mangaloreans have the Tendency of Easily Panicking ...

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  • Senna, Dubai

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    The confusion has been created by different voices saying different things :

    Nalin Kateel : complete bandh
    Police Commissioner : Shops will be open from 6am to 12 noon
    DGP : shops will be open 24x7
    Dist in charge min : introducing app for daily needs
    DC : List of numbers to call for door delivery

    Take one decision. Communicate. Enforce.

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  • Jemma, Mangaluru

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    If you have facility and time please watch and listen to IAS officer -ex- Gopinath Kansan,s
    Talks on you tube. Specially about variety of dogs chasing variety of cars on roads.
    After reaching the car they don,t know what to do. With cars.
    Same Administration is expected to execute NPR, CAA ..boa & bla etc.
    Do we have enough detention centres ? Kitchens, water,doctors and toilets in them? free food?
    No News of Door Step Delivery of Ration. Still work in progress. Partaki Budley Ponkranna.

    to execute

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  • Lokesh Shetty, Mangalore/Abu Dhabi

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Exactly , Some say central market is completely closed and then we see its open for little time in the morning. At least the corporators of each area should educate people in their respective area s on the right place and time to buy Vegetables & Grocery to avoid any confusion

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  • paul menezes, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    This will happen due to irresponsible decisions taken by mangalore administration. Before announcing complete lockdown they should have given at least one day to buy essential item . Firstly they told essential items will be available from 6 to 12 pm and overnight they declare that all shops are clsed from tomorrow.. Is it make sense. What people will do for 3 days for essential grocery items and vegetables ?? Total mess by the administration...

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Creating a huge confusion in the minds of people. On 25th the first day of lockdown the central market was closed and officials from the corporation were chasing people from the market, but we the photos we see today are a different story.
    The PM taking a decision of the lockdown was not consulted with the official. The authorities should have kept certain shops open in particular areas open so the people got their essentials without any trouble.

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  • Psk, Mukka

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    I am in mukka.

    Here all shops are closed and police is standing near roads and catching hold of people coming put of their homes..All our groceries are also over and here are nincompoops running out of their homes.
    And the above are areas where people are running out of their homes breaking rules.

    Are we fools or what to sit at home to follow rules.
    It's all for your good and safety public.
    Please remember that

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  • AV, Mukka

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Same here. We are 4 doctors living together and we're running out of food. I got out of our house at 7 today to be shooed back by police when trying to get some groceries. So much for delivery app. I feel more concerned for the labourers who have nothing left. As usual with most plans, it was done with the best intentioms and being executed like what each person wants. PM had said essentials would be allowed. Today in mangalore they decide absolutely nothing except pharmacies and milk booths (of all things). Atleast for my situation, we're running out of rice and whatever Dal is left. And we have to go work too with minimal protection . So much for banging pots and pans.

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  • Evans C. Sumitrau, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    First I would like to thank Spoorthi Ullal of Daijiworld, for the photo shoot scenes of the market in Mangalore this morning. It is unbelievable that people are shopping for groceries in spite of the lockdown. Who is responsible for this? The restrictions and the ban was not taken care of at all.

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  • Sameer, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Why don't the authorities realise that by keeping a small window open for buying commodities, they are actually creating an environment for over crowding and panic buying.? The DGP promised to open shops 24x7. In cities where groceries are open for a longer time, there is hardly any overcrowding. Lockdowns have happened all over the world but essential commodities are still exempt. Of course it is too much to expect our elected reps and the admiinistration to use common sense. This is the sorry state of our nation.

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  • Anand, Surathkal

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    I really wonder - are we fit to be called intelligent people of Dakshina Kannada.

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  • Thousif, Manglore, Bolar

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Why Thse people cnt understand what will happen if we suffer like Italy.. Thse people think Thse Coronavirus is joke if it start to spread many life will go ...

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  • VM, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Politicians should not be allowed to make any statements.The DC should be giving the guidelines.Recently when the Police commissioner Dr.Harsha announced that shops would be open from 6:Am to 12:pm people were relieved Then the politicians have been making contradictory statements and therefore people are in a utter state of confusion and panic. Therefore they are trying their best to stock up. The elderly and people living alone in the city are having a hard time.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    This is what we follow rules and regulations during curfew or lock down. Because of such people other citizens don't get anything. Here retail shops are empty. Even police on duty keep on seeing the public. They could have blocked the market and given entry only to those who do retail business in different different areas by showing their licence or aadhar card. Nalinanna, once you gave statement. Finished? Supply essentials to malls, good bazar, more, super markets and ask them to give home delivery whoever in need of urgency. We have plenty of numbers.. 90% they don't pick the call remaining say shops are empty. Please do the needful... Let the supply be uniformal to all just like air, sunlight and rain... Please do the needful. Everything possible for you political people...

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  • J.F D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Vegetables and other essential commodities arranged to be sold in open maidan areas like Central maidan etc. so that sufficient social distancing be kept and maintained.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    J F D'souza Attavar Mangalore, the authorities and the elected representatives cannot understand the plight of the general public. As you have said that the vendors selling essential items should be in a open place like the maidan, it is a very good idea. The vegetables Nd fruit vendors should be there in a open space.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    JF D'Souza' sir,
    I fully agree with you sir but the place central market is no right place. My suggestion to administration is they must give pass to sell vegetables only in different places ,so all citizens will get advantage. Now what happened is all are from different parts of Mangalore people come and join at same place. To control this our administration must instruct the vendors to sit at different places for example place like exhibition ground,next central Maidan, then polytechnic college ground, next at cacia school grounds, like that in different areas that to on schools grounds only and not more than 10 venders in one place. So rush can be controlled easily. That what I believe

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  • Austin, MANGALURU

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    When Bundh is ordered without sufficient notice, people get panic and rush for buying and hoarding. Law breakers get to buy what they want and law abiding citizens suffer. If the citizens are given a couple of hours everyday for purchase of essential commodities by following a que with each one distancing from the other, there may not be this sort of panic buying.
    so the administration should post 2 to 3 police personnel in places where there are markets a d where shops are concentrated.

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  • Keith, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Online delivery of essentials by online apps should be worked out first on priority... Most of the people are in panic mode because of the shutdown.. If this option will be worked out it will bring relief to most of us, many of us did not panic buy and brought only what is necessary for a week.. Because it was mentioned that essential services would be open for a while during the day, with total lockdown in place people are under panic mode. Hoping the administration works on speeding up this

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  • Pradeep, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    There are several issues that need to be addressed before a total lock down is announced

    - Providing door delivery is possible for people living in apartments, what about rural areas
    - 80% of our people buy groceries normally on daily basis, bi-weekly basis or weekly basis. They will
    not survive for more than a week if complete shutdown in place for more than a week
    - No one will want their family members to starve to death in front of their eyes
    -90% of kirana stores in villages are out of supply
    - People are begging for 1 to 2 kg rice to cook atleast 'Gunji' for their families.
    - Even daily wage labourers in villages are also not getting any work
    Whether you agree or not for many people are staring at death if they stay at home or go out.

    I live in a village and want to buy medicine for my cattle which if not bought in couple of days, could prove fatal but not allowed to get out of the town (its not available in the town nearby). The Vet also doen't have the medicine in his stock

    Instead of all these, they should provide photo id passes to each household (one healthy person) who can get out twice a week and get the essentials for household.

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  • Vijay, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    At this point of time also people want special dish on the table...

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  • Jrome, Mangaluru

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    What wud be the cindition of law abiding citizens who stay indoors following the guidelines issued by the authority...will someone enlighten us.?

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  • Jayantha, Bangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Those who stay indoors have high chances of survival
    Those who go to markets , bring vegetables and eat pulav may die in next two months.
    Your wish to stay inside or go out

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    When the lockdown is in progress, how the trucks with vegetables entered the market area ?????

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  • Pradeep, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Prabhu Maam,

    Truck movement with essential supplies is allowed across Karnataka.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Yes , you are 100% correct sir. But yesterday our administration clearly mentioned that around central market they have banned . I mentioned only that area who allowed?????. Any answer Pradeep Maam. Read my comments again.

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  • Vijay, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 29 2020

    Unless people take it seriously and learn from the situation in Italy and Iran nothing good can happen around... One is serious about the situation.. Poor police personnel try their level best but the people, politicians, the employers who force the employees to work at these situations in closed doors in the offices etc are not understanding the situation... If this continues the country will end up with half of the population is what I feel... Feeling sad when people get crowded for basic needs... God only can save the world...

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