Essential commodity shops to remain open in Chandigarh from 10 am to 6 pm


Chandigarh, March 27: To provide accessibility, all shops with essential commodities like food grain, groceries, fruits, vegetables, milk, meat and fish will remain open in Chandigarh from 10 am to 6 pm daily till further orders.

This was decided in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Governor and UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore, here on Friday which was attended by senior officers of Chandigarh.

The residents can visit these shops to purchase essential commodities in their respective sector markets.

It was again reiterated that to avoid congestion in markets, vehicles will not be permitted.

The residents will have to come on foot in these markets. Further vendors dealing in fruits and vegetables will also get earmarked spaces in these markets only.

To ensure social distancing between the persons coming to these shops, it was decided that Sector Response Teams, already formed, will be strengthened by taking different officials from various departments of Chandigarh Administration and police personnel.

The administrator emphasised on ensuring social distancing among citizens and appealed to the residents of city to fight COVID-19.

He requested all the residents to adhere to the prescribed norms of social distancing by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

He again emphasised on providing essential commodities to the economically weaker sections in the city.

It was informed to the administrator that cooked food has been distributed to nearly 15,000 needy persons on daily basis.

However, ration and vegetables will be supplied to rehabilitation colonies, slum areas and villages through CTU buses by deploying employees of Chandigarh Administration.

The administrator also reviewed the availability of various commodities in the city and directed concerned officers to ensure proper coordination with the state of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh by raising issues with respective governments.